Stoke close in on Maurice Edu after work permit boost

The American midfielder agreed terms on a three-year deal and passed a medical and is set to leave Rangers to join the Potters for an undisclosed fee in the coming days
Stoke City have moved a step closer to signing Rangers midfielder Maurice Edu after their application for a work permit for the United States international was approved by the Football Association.

Edu has agreed personal terms with the Potters and passed a medical over the weekend, but is unlikely to complete his switch in time to face Wigan Athletic on Saturday.

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Stoke can now finalise the 26-year-old's work permit application before confirming his acquisition for an undisclosed fee.

Tony Pulis' team have already signed two of Edu's team-mates this summer in former Rangers star Jamie Ness and fellow USA international Geoff Cameron.

They drew 1-1 with newly-promoted Reading on the opening day of the Premier League season before holding Arsenal to a 0-0 tie at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday.