Stoke City: USA coach Jürgen Klinsmann slams Maurice Edu's representatives over delay in sealing Stoke City deal
JURGEN Klinsmann has criticised Maurice Edu's representatives for dragging their feet over his move from Rangers to Stoke City.
Klinsmann has included Edu in his recent American line-ups, but feels he is under-cooked after going so long without playing competitive club football.
"It was a long stretch for him the last couple of weeks and months of figuring out where he would go," said Klinsmann.
"For me, it was not understandable how a player like him could be without a team for such a long time.
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"The Glasgow Rangers situation didn't happen yesterday. It happened three months ago.
"I think the agent should have done a little bit of a quicker job to find a good club for him."
Edu's move to Stoke was further delayed by his application for a work permit before being given the all-clear to join American colleague Geoff Cameron at the Britannia Stadium.
Meanwhile, former Stoke trialist Sebastian Boenisch claims Stoke would have pressed ahead and signed him this summer – if only they could have sold two defenders.
The 25-year-old Poland defender played for Stoke in the pre-season friendlies against Torquay and Yeovil last month.
His performances at full-back might be considered sufficient reason for his subsequent disappearance from Stoke's plans.
But now Boenisch, a free agent after being released by VFB Stuttgart, has offered an alternative explanation.
"I played in two friendlies and the coach [Tony Pulis] told me I had been one of the best," said Boenisch.
"But he could not buy me because he had to sell two defenders first.
"That's when I asked him if he was joking with me. England is just strange. I won't do that again."
Boesnich remains unemployed, but can still sign for a new club outside the transfer window because he is a free agent.
He remains bitter at how Stuttgart first offered him a new deal at the end of last season, but then withdrew the contract because he was away with Poland at Euro 2012.
"Stuttgart wanted to finish the deal very fast," he explained. "I was told to fly in for a medical, but I couldn't because of the extreme doping regulations during the Euros. You are not allowed to leave for several hours."