Potters confident on Cameron

The Potters have a deal in place for the Houston Dynamo defender

but are still waiting on international clearance. It is unlikely

that Cameron will be granted the permit by the time Tony Pulis’

side return to England from their pre-season tour of the United

States. They are, however, optimistic regarding their chances of

getting the deal signed off well before the start of the new

Premier League season. “We wouldn’t have come this far and worked

as hard on getting the deal done if we didn’t think we had a good

chance of getting a work permit,” chief executive Tony Scholes told

the club’s official website. “Ideally, he would have had more

international caps, which would have made it easier. But the fact

that he is a first choice in the US national side will count in his

favour. “Ironically, two other important factors are the difficulty

in getting the deal done, because the MLS didn’t want to lose one

of their best players, and the move by another Premier League club

to come in for him and make it difficult right at the end of the

negotiations. “It should also work in our favour that Geoff has

been in the MLS All Stars XI three times in the past five seasons,

voted by his peers as one of the best. In those other two seasons

when he wasn’t selected, one was his rookie year and the other he

was injured.”