"The transfer price is now agreed to," a source told YA on Friday. "The personal terms between Geoff Cameron and Stoke are now almost complete."
The dollar amount is not known but it is estimated that the transfer fee is approximately $2.5 million. Both the MLS and Dynamo will share that fee.
Cameron is working to obtain his work permit because since he has not played in 75 percent of the United States national team's official games over the past two years, so he must win one on appeal. His appeal is scheduled on Aug. 3, but it seems more of a formality since multiple American players have recently won their appeals.
However, Cameron was in the starting lineup for the Dynamo Sunday night as they are taking on D.C. United. Cameron had asked to be held out the teams prior two games due to a hamstring injury, but he made himself available to play midfielder instead of his normal center back position.
With Cameron in the lineup it means that there is no deal in place between the MLS and Stoke City. The main hold up is the transfer fee that Stoke City is to pay for Cameron. Reports are that the two sides are about $1 million apart.
Currently the game is at the half and the Dynamo are leading D.C. United 2-0.
"I've loved it here in Houston these last five years, five seasons," he said. "But I think what's the best for my career and for what I want to do in my life, I want to take the next step. These opportunities don't come often."
That's not to say Cameron isn't grateful for the opportunity he got with the Dynamo.
"I can't thank Dom (Kinnear), (former Dynamo assistant) John Spencer and the staff enough for what they did and Chris Canetti too for what they've done for me to get me up to be put in this position," Cameron said. "But obviously it benefits both of us if I leave and they get money to spend on other players."
The Dynamo are fine in sending Cameron to Stoke City, because they will receive a portion of the transfer fee, but with the MLS being a single-entity league the deal must go through the MLS since they own all of the contracts. Some feel that the MLS maybe trying to over value Cameron as they have done in the past with other players to land a few more bucks.