In unexpected transfer news, it looks as if US National Team utility man Geoff Cameron may be on his way out at Stoke City.
SoccerbyIves.com broke the news yesterday that Cameron missed the Potters opening week matchup against Aston Villa because he had unofficially requested a transfer.
It comes as a bit of a shock as Cameron has been one of the most consistent and successful American field players in the English Premier League in recent years. Since his transfer from the MLS in 2012, he’s appeared in nearly every league match for the English side, predominately at right back.
However, careful observers may have seen trouble coming. Cameron, as well as USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann, have both been adamant that the American’s best position is in the center of the field.
So, it looks to be the case that Cameron’s time at Stoke has come to an end. What’s not so clear, however, is where he’s headed next.
Various reports have him in Italy, Germany, or perhaps even another English side. Of course, that was before Cameron posted a selfie posing in front of the Eiffel Tower today:
For my geographically challenged readers, that would be in Paris, France.
Here’s a quick roundup of notable speculation:
Have a sneaking suspicion that Parma are in for Geoff Cameron.
— MLS Transfers (@MLSTransfers) August 19, 2014
Can back up reports that Geoff Cameron is being chased hard by at least one German & one Italian club. PL clubs in mix too. More to come…
— Joe Prince-Wright (@JPW_NBCSports) August 19, 2014
Hull mull Cameron swoop – Hull City are interested in Stoke defender Geoff Cameron, who could be set to leave the … http://t.co/KbgKrABQn2
— Hull City FC News (@HullFCNews) August 19, 2014
Personally, my money is on a Bundesliga side. The tall, tenacious Cameron would be a great fit at a club like Schalke, where he could perhaps even play the holding midfield role. US fans may cringe a bit after his performance against Belgium in Brazil, but Cameron has shown at right back that he has underrated field vision.
Hull seems to be very serious contenders as well though. Stay tuned on @FootyAmerica for updates, but expect Cameron to move from Stoke within the next two weeks.