Stoke City is close to completing the signing of Rangers midfielder Maurice Edu after being given permission to finalise his work permit application.
The only hold-up was his work permit and, with the club confirming on its official website that the
Stoke has cautioned, though, that the 26-year-old is unlikely to be available for the weekend clash with Wigan owing to the timescales involved.
Edu is a 37-cap international for the States and spent four seasons with Rangers following a move from Toronto FC, winning three league titles and making 125 appearances for the club.
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