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The Geoff Cameron negotiations between Stoke City and MLS have not always been smooth, but it appears that a transfer deal for the Houston Dynamo star will be going through after all.
As of Friday, talks between the two sides hit a dead end, because they were far apart on agreeing on the transfer fee, sources told SBI. The Houston Chronicle is reporting that in the days since, enough progress has been made to the point that Cameron has entered into negotiations with Stoke City to discuss personal terms of a deal with the Premier League side.
The Chronicle reports that MLS was seeking a transfer fee in the $3 million range, two-thirds of which would go to the Dynamo should the transfer be completed. Despite both Cameron and the Dynamo hoping for the deal to happen, Cameron suited up and played in Houston's match on Sunday, a sign that a deal was not necessarily imminent.
"Both sides have worked very, very hard over the last few days to come much closer to a transfer agreement," Dynamo president Chris Canetti told The Chronicle. "There is apparent light at the end of the tunnel for a deal to be done. However there is still work to be done, but nothing is 100 percent complete at this stage."
If and when Cameron agrees with Stoke and gets approved for a UK work permit, he might not have to travel far to meet his new teammates. Stoke is currently in Switzerland for a five-day training camp the ends Friday. The club travels to the United States on Sunday, though, to embark on its North American tour that includes friendlies against the Columbus Crew, Orlando City SC and Sporting Kansas City on July 24, July 28 and Aug. 1, respectively.
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