Lazio lining up move for Stoke's Geoff Cameron

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Lazio are the latest club said to have entered the race for Stoke City's highly-coveted Geoff Cameron, with the likes of Southampton and Sunderland also mentioned as potential suitors.

With Geoff Cameron’s future at Stoke City looking increasingly in doubt over recent weeks, the American international has emerged as a surprise transfer target for Serie A’s Lazio, according to Pro Soccer Talk.

As many as five English clubs and a further four from Germany were reported to have expressed interest in the versatile 29-year-old earlier this month, with Hull City, Swansea City, Southampton, Sunderland, and West Bromwich Albion all courting his signature, but now those Premier League sides could face competition from the Italian outfit.

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 over the past two terms, making most of his 72 Premier League appearances at right-back.

With 30 international caps since his 2010 debut, he also impressed during his US 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 favoured positions, but has so far failed to appear for the club this season.

Amidst reports of friction with his manager, as well as a since-quashed rumour of a transfer request, Cameron looks all but set to leave the club before the close of the transfer window and, considering his form since arriving in England, there shouldn’t be a lack of suitors.

  SeasonPosTotal TackleTotal ClearanceDuel WonAerial WonInterceptionTotal ContestAppsMins
Geoff Cameron 2013-14 DF 108 127 228 54 91 76 37 3,285

Hughes is not said to be desperate to offload the American, 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.

Needing first-team football to keep hold of his place in the national team, if a club such as Lazio or Southampton came in to offer Cameron the chance to feature at centre-back or in the midfielder, then a move could just prove the best option all-round.

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