Stoke set to finalise Edu deal
Stoke are close to completing the signing of Rangers midfielder Maurice Edu after being given permission to finalise his work permit application.
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The United States international has been a long-standing target of Potters boss Tony Pulis and last weekend agreed terms on a three-year deal and passed a medical.
The only hold-up was his work permit and, with the club confirming on their official website on Thursday morning that the Football Association have given approval for them to proceed with that, the move looks set to go through.
Stoke have cautioned, though, that the 26-year-old is unlikely to be available for the weekend clash with Wigan owing to the timescales involved.
Edu is a 37-cap international for the States and spent four seasons with Rangers following a move from Toronto FC, winning three league titles and making 125 appearances for the club.
Referring to Edu this morning, Stoke assistant manager Dave Kemp said: "He has been granted the work permit, but as usual, there are other bits of paper that have to be stamped and marked.
"He has another appointment tomorrow, I think with the Border Agency just to clarify that.
"But he has been granted the work permit, so hopefully we are very close to getting that over the line."
Kemp was speaking at the Potters' press conference to preview the Barclays Premier League game at Wigan on Saturday, which he explained he was conducting because of how busy Pulis was with that match to prepare for and tomorrow's transfer deadline looming.
Stoke were extremely active at this point in the transfer window last year, eventually tying up deadline-day deals for Peter Crouch, Cameron Jerome and Wilson Palacios.
They are currently being linked with a host of names, including Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone and striker Michael Owen, who is a free agent after being released by Manchester United.
There are also reports this morning suggesting they are looking to sign Liverpool's Charlie Adam, and asked how many new players the Potters would ideally like to bring in between now and when the window closes, Kemp said: "Probably three or four if we were lucky. There is no guarantee, but it could be any number between zero and four - let's put it that way."
Quizzed about Scotland midfielder Adam, Kemp said: "You can't name names and there are always people in the pot that you are trying to bring to the club and deals or potential deals you are trying to do.
"You can't speak about them until they are done, but when a player arrives, you will be the first to know.
"I don't really want to discuss particular players, and he (Adam) is not our player.
"He is a very good player, but so are lots of other people out there. If he becomes our player, or any other player comes, we can speak about them then."
On Huddlestone - who had last week looked set to complete a loan move to Stoke before speculation emerged that there had been problems with his medical - Kemp added: "I don't think there is that much progress with that at the moment, but that is not to say something won't happen between now and tomorrow night."
Kemp admitted the club would be looking to move some squad members out if players were coming in, although was reluctant to give away any names and stressed that there was "nothing imminent" for the time being on that front.
Stoke have already signed midfielders Michael Kightly, Geoff Cameron and Jamie Ness this summer.