Geoff Cameron may now be back in training with Stoke City following the World Cup, but it remains to be seen whether the USA international will be at the club for much longer.
According to reports, no fewer than five English teams and a further four in Germany have expressed interest in the versatile 29-year-old, with Hull City, Swansea City, Southampton, Sunderland, and West Bromwich Albion named as those courting his signature.
Originally joining Stoke in July 2012, having starred in MLS with the Houston Dynamo for five seasons, Cameron has been a regular in Mark Hughes’s side since, making most of his 72 Premier League appearances at right-back.
With 30 US international caps since his 2010 debut, Cameron also impressed during his side’s run to the World Cup’s last-16 this summer, featuring in more comfortable roles in the centre of defence and defensive midfield.
With the addition of Phil Bardsley from Sunderland in July to fill his previous spot in the lineup, the former £2 million signing did appear set for a long-awaited switch to one of his preferred positions, where most fans back in America see him as a better fit.
However, with a first-team place not guaranteed at present, he could instead opt to seek out regular minutes elsewhere, with Bundesliga outfits Schalke and Eintracht Frankfurt also reported to be among those interested in his services.
Hughes is not said to be desperate to offload Cameron, seeing him as at least a valuable squad member, but, after his solid showing in Brazil, the option to cash in on his enhanced reputation could prove a tempting proposition if a significant enough offer is received.
The American still has two seasons left on his current contract, meaning Stoke are in no need to sell, though his established status as a proven top-flight regular is sure to see the likes of Hull, Swansea and Sunderland at least consider lodging a bid.
With Southampton in particular needing help on the back-line, following the departure of Dejan Lovren, Cameroon would appear to be a good fit, though just how much new boss Ronald Koeman would have to stump up to bring him to the south coast is up in the air.