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Sunderland make late bid for USMNT and Stoke star Geoff Cameron

Jan 31, 2014, 1:30 PM EDT

Geoff Cameron AP

On deadline day in the Premier League there’s been a U.S. international in the thick of things, as Stoke City right back Geoff Cameron has been the subject of a bid from Sunderland.

After contacting Stoke City, they declined to comment when asked about any potential bid for the USMNT defender.

But PST sources close to Stoke revealed Sunderland have indeed tabled a bid for the versatile American, who has once again been hugely impressive as a mainstay in Stoke’s defense in 2013-14.

Cameron, 28, was rumored to be involved in a potential deal that would see Lee Cattermole heading to Stoke and Cameron plus cash going in the opposite direction. You can see why Sunderland would want to get Cameron on board for a number of reasons, as the hugely versatile player would add experience and depth to the Black Cats backline with a massive relegation battle coming up.

But would this be a good move for Cameron?

The former Houston Dynamo star has solidified his spot as Stoke’s first-choice right back (and is arguably the USA’s first choice RB heading into the 2014 World Cup) after playing 35 games in his debut PL season last year, and playing in 27 games already so far this campaign. As we know, Mark Hughes’ men have taken a while to get settled down after the Tony Pulis era and recent bad results see the Potters flirting with relegation.

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Meanwhile Sunderland are on the up. They have lost once in their last eight PL games and are now three points clear of the drop zone with a real fee-good factor around the club and a League Cup final coming up at Wembley.

Would it be a gamble for Cameron to swap the guaranteed starting spot he has at Stoke for pastures new at Sunderland?

Perhaps, but he could link up with his USMNT teammate Jozy Altidore and help Sunderland survive and kick on after the good work new manager Gus Poyet has performed since his arrival. The Black Cats have a massive stadium, and everything is in place to become a top 10 team if they stay up this season and solidify. Cameron has shown that he’s kicked on after solid first season in the PL, and now he’s bombing up the pitch from right back and whipping in some delightful crosses, showing he has much more in his locker than just defending.

It’s a tricky situation for Cameron. What do you think he should do?

I’m intrigued to see how this one plays out…

  1. jdfsquared - Jan 31, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    With the relegation battle extending all the way to Swans at 11, betting on staying up is difficult. I say it has everything to do with how happy Cameron is with his situation at Stoke and how challenged he currently feels. I always like to see USMNT players playing club together. And so while only Geoff can say where he feels his best chance for success is, I’d love to see him and Jozy building that locker room (sorry, dressing room – what is this, the theatre?) chemistry.

  2. pmacd82 - Jan 31, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    Regardless of Cameron’s feelings, I don’t see Sunderland pulling the trigger

    • pmacd82 - Jan 31, 2014 at 1:55 PM

      I mean Stoke

  3. charliej11 - Jan 31, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    Can you imagine ? Yes, I get to get out of this loser’s nightmare…….oh never mind. Same team, different name.

    5 wins out of 23 games for both teams. That just can’t be good for anyone’s mental health.

  4. tylerbetts - Jan 31, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    IT’S A TRAP!

  5. elgallo2001 - Jan 31, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    Nah. Stay put Geoff. Sunderland wouldn’t be an upgrade. He needs to stay consistent at Stoke and then make a move if a bigger team comes knocking.

  6. danielofthedale - Jan 31, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    No he should stay. He is a starter at Stoke and going into a World Cup that is worth it’s weight in gold. Plus if he has a good World Cup he might be able to get a move to a team better than Sunderland.

  7. overtherepermanently - Jan 31, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    He should only consider this if he is both out of Mark Hughes’ plans (doesn’t seem that way) and Sunderland plan to hand him the starting center back position (not likely).

  8. midtec2005 - Jan 31, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    I see this as a sideways move. He’s a freak athlete with a soft touch and great vision, he will start on either team. So it doesn’t really matter. I’d kind of like to see him on Sunderland though.

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