Former Red Bull Juan Agudelo makes Stoke move, loan set

At this point, it is safe to say Stoke City boss Mark Hughes really wanted to land Juan Agudelo.

After a long and fruitless attempt to earn a work permit in England late last year, it seems the club and player have come to some sort of an accord – at least according to Agudelo:

Agudelo will still have to earn a work permit and Stoke won’t be able to reapply for one until March. The club does, however, have the option to loan him in the meanwhile as they try to overturn what many within Stoke feel was a controversial decision against the New Jersey native.

The move follows two recent acquisitions by Hughes who secured a permanent contract for midfielder and former Red Bull target Stephen Ireland and landed promising Manchester City striker John Guidetti just this week. Like Agudelo, Guidetti is another youth addition for a club hungry to reinforce their attacking options.

“(Guidetti) is someone who, if you get him in the right areas, will make the most of opportunities that come his way because he’s a natural goal-scorer,” Hughes says of his 22-year-old forward. “There were several clubs who were interested in taking him on loan and we’re delighted that he has chosen to join us.”

Stoke has yet to make the signing official.

As for his initial destination, ESPN analyst Taylor Twellman reports Agudelo will feature for a team in either Spain, Holland or Belgium.

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