Juan Agudelo sent on loan to Utrecht after completing Stoke switch

The 21-year-old striker, who has been capped 17 times by USA, scoring twice, failed to obtain a work permit and has made a temporary switch to the Eredivisie outfit
Stoke City have completed the signing of Juan Agudelo but have loaned out the striker to FC Utrecht after he failed to obtain a work permit.

The 21-year-old USA international moves to Mark Hughes' side on a free transfer after his contract with MLS side New England Revolution expired in December.

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Stoke can reapply for a work permit for Agudelo in April after their original application was denied in November.

“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,” Stoke’s chief executive Tony Scholes told the club’s official website.

“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.

“Hopefully we will be successful with our second work permit application and Juan will be able to join Mark’s squad in advance of next season.”