Mid-Day Ticker: Stoke still in talks for Cameron, West Ham eyes Carroll, & more

Geoff Cameron (Getty Images)


Geoff Cameron has not hid his desire of playing in Europe, and Stoke City is still in the process of trying to make that dream become a reality.

Stoke are still in negotiations with MLS over possibly acquiring Cameron from the Houston Dynamo during the current transfer window, but recent reports have claimed the two sides were far apart on a transfer fee. MLS reportedly wants approximately $3 million for the U.S. men's national team defender, while Stoke originally offered around $1 million.

Still, Stoke is working on bringing in Cameron prior to the start of the Premiership campaign. The 27-year-old was in England for talks last week, but he returned stateside and helped Houston pick up a 4-0 victory over D.C. United on Sunday night.

Here are more stories from Monday:


West Ham United is hoping to bolster its attacking options ahead of their return to the Premiership by acquiring Liverpool forward Andy Carroll. The Hammers are lining up an offer for Caroll, who has been linked with a move away from Liverpool in recent weeks. But West Ham reportedly only plan to take him on loan with an option to buy despite Liverpool's desire to sell him outright.


Just days after the New York Red Bulls said they no longer intended to try and sign Luke Rodgers, the diminutive striker joined League One club Portsmouth for a trial. Rodgers is just one of several trialists the club currently has in a preseason training camp in Spain, and he is likely hopeful of latching onto Portsmouth after being let go by Norweigan outfit Lillestrom earlier this summer.


Reigning UEFA Champions League winners Chelsea are nearing a deal with Brazilian club Internacional over 20-year-old midfielder Oscar. Chelsea are reportedly close to signing Oscar on a transfer fee that could be the biggest ever in Brazilian soccer. Tottenham have also been linked with Oscar, but it appears Chelsea are the favorites to land him this summer. 


How do you see the negotiations for Cameron between Stoke and MLS ending? Think the Hammers will land Carroll? Would Portsmouth be a good landing spot for Rodgers?

Share your thoughts below.

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40 Responses to Mid-Day Ticker: Stoke still in talks for Cameron, West Ham eyes Carroll, & more

  1. Drew says:

    $1 is not enough.

  2. Mike in Missouri says:

    I concur. At least throw in an order of fish and chips to seal the deal.

  3. 232 says:

    what’s up with the Rodgers guy? He seems to move from club to club more than a drunken Essex woman on Saturday

  4. 232 says:

    But please tell me MLS come to their senses. Settle at 2.2-2.5 million and let him go. Still way more cash received than they ever had to pay for him.

  5. Eric says:

    link to youtube.com
    Michael’s first day of training with Roma.

  6. josh says:

    Just sell him dammmit. Is this why noone can escape this league? This is what 2nd tier leagues are supposed to do..develop players, take reasonable offers, sell them, repeat

  7. NaranjaFanatic says:


  8. josh says:

    top comment on Youtube: DAJE LEX LUTHOR!!!!!!!!!!


  9. AdamFromMich says:

    And this is what 2nd tier EPL teams do..get a promising player hyped up to join the EPL and then lowball their club. I don’t think $1 million is reasonable for Cameron. When (if) Stoke get their offer up to reasonable levels then the deal will get done. Somewhere just over $2 million should do the trick.

  10. chris says:

    Why does MLS do this? Let Pappa and Cameron leave!!!!!!!! Im so tired of MLS overpricing every player till the point where no one moves. MLS needs to be a feeder league for it to progress. Pappa should already be gone, Chicago should be recieving a nice bag of cash and Victor Pineda should be stepping up as Pappa’s replacement

  11. Kodi says:

    Not a bad view for a training ground

  12. Felix says:

    Stoke are definitely low-balling on Cameron. But for his sake, I hope a fair price can be negotiated.
    As we have seen throught MLS history, from Kljestan, EJ, Dempsey to George John – when a prospective transfer falls through, the MLS player’s form drops off.
    The same can definitely happen to Cameron if something doesn’t materialize.

  13. Alexandria says:

    Dear lord people this is a business. MLS shouldn’t sell until the price is met or am agreement reached. Just because you guys think the play in the league is 2nd tier it does not mean the business side should be. Geoff has as much right to complain as Luka Modric does. If stoke want him pay up if not go spend 2 mill on some washed up English kid.

  14. Ben says:

    Yeah, I would like to see Cameron at Stoke, but at one million? You can’t just give away your product. If Stoke makes an increased offer to meet the valuation, and maybe MLS goes down a shade, then fine.




    Why is it when it comes to a American player, they try to low ball that player, but when it comes to a over valued UK player, they overpay. 2.2 million is not a lot of money for Cameroon.

  17. Chris says:

    did no one notice even in practice he doesn’t advance the ball? Each pass was behind him.

  18. biff says:

    Not sure that the $1 million is correct. Most British newspapers and the Houston Chronicle are reporting that Stoke offered around $2 million.

    link to chron.com

    Count me among the USMNT fans who hope the Cameron deal goes through and he gets to play in the Premier League. But if MLS nixes the deal, then Cameron really has no one to blame but himself, as he signed a 2-year contract extension with Houston that runs to the end of 2014. I do not understand why a player who aspires to play in Europe and who knows how finicky MLS is with transfers would put himself (and his career) in a position to be at their mercy. Like Brek Shea, who signed the very long extension (to 2016?). That guy is trapped and I will be surprised to see him ever play in Europe.

    In any case, this should be a clear warning to good players hoping to play in Europe not to sign on the dotted line of any contract extensions.

  19. betamale says:

    So Liverpool wants to sell Carroll who they bought for a record high fee? I assume they’ll be losing a large chunk of change on that player.

  20. chris says:

    Good eye bro, you should really become a scout for US Soccer because you seem to know so much more about the sport then the Roma coaching staff do. I hope your comment was a joke because he made 3 passes the whole video and if it isnt crawl back into that hole of yours and watch some of highlights of him at Chievo

  21. Nate Dollars says:

    well, he’s only on the team ’cause his dad’s the coach.

  22. Gnarls says:

    Whether you consider MLS to be greedy or shrewd, fact is, if Stoke walks away it’ll be egg on Garber’s face. We need American MLS players going to Europe. It builds credibility, which leads to respect and viewership. Believe that’s worth more than $1 million in the long run.

  23. Gnarls says:


  24. K Bone says:

    You’re damn right they will. I still can’t fathom why on earth anyone at Liverpool approved a deal to buy him for 35 million pounds. Amazing. I’m not saying he’s a crappy player or anything, but that is just mind-blowing money for a player who had one great half of a season. I do feel bad for Carroll in all this…

  25. K Bone says:

    I still don’t understand why Chelsea would spend so much money on a player that is roughly the same kind of player as Hazard and Mata. Sure he’s young, but so are Hazard and Mata are not that much older…


    Sorry that is to low of a price for cameron. Pay up stop being cheap, 2.2 is not a lot of money that MLS want’s.

  27. The Imperative Voice says:

    Amen. It’s like Europhilic cheerleading. Free Geoff Cameron? Talk to Stoke. Even at $2.7 million he’s a bargain compared to a domestic prospect of the same order.

    One angle no one seems to want to talk about is I think Houston with upcoming option expense on Cameron would just as well dodge the whole thing at any price and sell out while MLS is probably more market-minded, where am I setting the league price for an all star defender now and future. Conflicting motivations.

    I think Houston doesn’t have the volume of talent to be selling players and remain competitive for trophies, but that’s a whole ‘nother story.

  28. bryan says:

    what a low ball offer if the $1M is true. that’s ridiculous.


    Pedigree? A lot of players are over value because they are British, not pedigree. I bet Dempsey is not sold for a lot of money why, because he’s american and not pedigree.

  30. rprr;rlrrrr says:

    Agreed. We need great players in this league but we are nowhere near big enough for them to remain. WE can only develop them and let them prosper and sell them

  31. Charles says:

    He is worth, what he is worth. Not what anyone paid.

    If it is decided on how much he was worth when he started, then Houston should keep him, they actually cared back then.

  32. Gnarls says:

    Uh, that’s exactly what I meant by pedigree. Brits tend to be overvalued and Americans undervalued.

  33. Gnarls says:

    It’s obviously a philosophical difference. I’m in the camp that believes Cameron should go to England and show them American talent. To kill the deal over a million dollars is penny wise and pound foolish.

  34. Gnarls says:

    I guess that’s why one-word replies are dumb.

  35. Leonard Smalls says:

    Price. A fair price. That’s not what you say it is, and it’s not what I say it is… It’s what the market will bear. Now there’s people – and I know ’em – who’ll pay a lot more than $25,000 for a healthy baby. Why, I myself fetched $30,000 on the black market. And that was in 1954 dollars.

  36. portlandtreatmentcenter says:

    George John has played very good this season his passing was a little off for his first two or three games back but considering he didn’t spend the preseason with the team. THERE IS NO POST WEST HAM TRANSER SLUMP

    Now last mid season when his blackburn offer didn’t finalize John played arguably the best 45min of his career (dominating on both ends and completing 100% of his passes) in the second half of a USOC game vs Seattle..which as it happens was played on THE SAME DAY HIS PLANE ARRIVED BACK FROM EUROPE!

    Fact is John played more minutes (MLS/CCL/USOC) then Shea did with his USMNT and FCD responsibilities. Sheas play was poor at the second half of last year and it was excused universally due to him having “tired legs”. Which is ok BUT
    why when Johns form dipped as Ives stated a few Q&A’s ago from GREAT to “good to very good” during this same grueling schedule he is in some post transfer slump\sulk mode?

    My point is grouping John into the same category as Klijestan or others who apparently started playing POORLY FOR WHATEVER reason after a failed transfer is just lazy and ignorant. The facts are out there in game reports, grades, highlights, and chalkboards. Stop being lazy and ignorant and repeating things you don’t KNOW yourself to be true.

  37. g? says:

    I’d like for him to go to Europe, but you can’t let ‘Europe’ push MLS clubs around, Americans are already undervalued (typically), and sending the message that we’re desperate to sell them will only make future offers even more pathetic.
    Make them haggle a bit, at least.

  38. portlandtreatmentcenter says:

    Because they came to Dallas to watch Cameron live and he sucked it up. Because they watched the next game on video and he sucked it up. They then went back and watched all the other game videos this year and saw him suck it up.
    Its not until Cameron was switched to CM the last couple games that hes played well.
    His stock has dropped…CONSIDERABLY. Thats not Stokes fault and its not MLS’s fault. Its Cameron’s Its clear they still see the potential and want him but not for any big money.

  39. Hogatroge Abroad says:

    To be fair, Cameron signed that contract extension before his USMNT exposure skyrocketed.

  40. Bob says:

    If they stick with a variation of a 4-3-3, then Oscar will give them needed depth on the wings. Torres better look over the shoulder, though, as word is that Chelsea’s making a bid for Edinson Cavani.