Stoke City have completed the signing of New England Revolution striker Juan Agudelo after months of speculation.
The 21-year-old is now heading out on loan to Utrecht where he will gain enough experience to qualify for a work permit when Stoke re-apply for one in the coming months.
The club must wait four months from their previous attempt before they can reapply on Agudelo's behalf, which means the player will stay out on loan until the end of the season.
The US International made his debut when he was just 17-years-old and plays alongside fellow Stoke players Brek Shea and Geoff Cameron at international level.
Chief executive Tony Scholes told the official club website: “We were surprised and bitterly disappointed when our application for a work permit was rejected by the appeals panel – as were many other people in the game.
“It’s still our view that Juan is a great talent and is a player that Mark Hughes would like to join our squad. We have therefore decided that we are going to reapply for a work permit at the earliest opportunity.
“We have signed Juan but he cannot play in this country, so we’re loaning him out to Utrecht to allow him to not only develop his experience of playing in Europe but also to stay match sharp.
Agudelo is Stoke's third signing of this transfer window, he follows Stephen Ireland and John Guidetti to The Potteries.
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