Stoke City: Potters eye USA defender Geoff Cameron
STOKE City are reported to be keeping tabs on Houston Dynamo central defender Geoff Cameron.
The president of the Major League Soccer club, Chris Canetti, confirmed that Stoke had made an inquiry about the 26-year-old centre-half who can also play in midfield.
He said: "I would say some dialogue has opened up in terms of what it might take to get it done.
"I don't know how serious they are or if they're just kicking the tyres. Right now there's just initial dialogue that's starting up."
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Everton and Bundesliga outfit FC Schalke 04 have also been linked with the 6ft 3in defender who has five caps for the United States.
Cameron has made no secret of his desire to play in the Premier League.
He said: "I wouldn't mind England. I've always wanted to play there. I'm not going to be picky.
"I would love England. I think just overall the soccer there and the fan experience and just everything in general would be great."
If Stoke decided to follow up their interest in Cameron, they would have to buy his contract from the MLS.
Figures released by the MLS show Cameron earns an annual basic salary of £147,545, or £2,837 per week.
Stoke are under less pressure to bring in a central defender after Robert Huth signed a contract extension which commits him to the club for the next four years.
Jonathan Woodgate is also expected to stay at the Britannia Stadium having been offered a new one-year deal. But City could be prepared to let Matthew Upson move on in search of regular first-team football.
Upson is under contract for another 12 months and made a positive impression after signing on a free transfer from West Ham last summer.
Stoke wouldn't release Upson in January to join Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua, but they could reconsider in the close season now they have more time to rebuild.
Newly-promoted Southampton have been heavily linked with the defender, who started 19 games for City last season, but only 10 in the Premier League.
Meanwhile, Wolves' chief executive Jez Moxey poured cold water on speculation that Stoke are about to move for winger Matt Jarvis, below.
City were thought to be monitoring Jarvis's situation as they look for competition for Jermaine Pennant and Matthew Etherington.
However, Moxey has rubbished speculation that an £8m deal for the 26-year-old is imminent, declaring: "They have not even spoken to us about him."
STOKE will play FC Sion on July 19 at the end of a five-day training camp in Switzerland.
Tony Pulis has included the trip to replace the club's traditional summer training mission in Austria.
The FC Sion game will take place in Montreux and is due to kick off at 7pm local time.
City begin a week-long tour of the United States with a game against Columbus Crew on July 24. Stoke also take on Orlando City on July 28 and Sporting Kansas City on August 1.
They return to England with games at Torquay United on August 6 and Yeovil Town on August 7.