Stoke City: Potters play waiting game for American defender Geoff Cameron
STOKE City were heading into D-day talks with America's Major League Soccer today in a bid to finally clinch the signing of Geoff Cameron.
Stoke remain in negotiation to try and bridge the gap between the $3m asking price and their $2m valuation of the 26 year-old Houston Dynamo defender.
And sources close to the club say they remain confident of eventually landing their man.
Cameron and his club are also keen on the move, but it is the MLS which sets transfer fees in America.
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And that could weaken Stoke's bargaining position as the league is less likely to worry about an unhappy player having to stay put.
Stoke offered $2m (£1.3m) earlier this month, but the MLS met over the weekend to demand $3m (£1.9m).
Now the two parties will try and find some middle ground – leaving Cameron to sweat on his future prospects in the game.
Houston team president Chris Canetti said. "We had a positive weekend where there were good discussions and both sides kind of understood what it's going to take to make a deal happen.
"Today we will share proposals and see if we can get closer to a deal."
Cameron played for Houston in their 4-0 weekend win over DC United – and was talking after the game like a man with his heart set on a move.
"It was a great way to end it here, especially if it was my last game," Cameron said. "Can't thank the Dynamo fans enough. They were amazing tonight and always are."
Coach Dominic Kinnear added: "I think he's one of those who can play anywhere on the field. He happened to sit in the middle of the midfield for us tonight, and I thought he had a very good game considering what's happening with him. I thought his mental toughness was very good."
Cameron's signing would provide Stoke boss Tony Pulis with a fourth-choice centre half and so free up the sale of Danny Collins and/or Danny Higginbotham. It could also allow him to agree to any worthwhile offer for current third-choice Matthew Upson.
Houston play their next game tomorrow at home to Sporting Kansas City, one of Stoke's three opponents on their trip to America.
Houston play one game while Stoke are in the United States next week when they travel to Canada to play Toronto.
But that fixture clashes with City's friendly in Orlando and so manager Tony Pulis will be unable to check on his proposed signing ... if the deal is still alive.
STOKE'S young midfielder Florent Cuvelier, left, has agreed to rejoin Walsall on loan until the end of December following a successful spell with the Saddlers earlier this year.
Meanwhile, the friendly in Switzerland against FC Sion on Thursday evening has been switched for a second time and now takes place at the Saxon Sports Centre in Le Perose.
A 23-man City squad arrived in Switzerland for high-altitude training yesterday, but minus Irish duo Glenn Whelan and Jon Walters following their Euro 2012 exertions.