Juan Agudelo linked with NYCFC, but wants Premier League move

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After his Stoke City career failed to get off the ground, US international striker Juan Agudelo has been linked with a move back to MLS with expansion side New York City FC.

Juan Agudelo’s quest for a new club since his failed move to Stoke has been going for several months, but the US international is not without his suitors.

According to a detailed report from the Washington Post’s Steven Goff, MLS expansion side New York City FC are keen on bringing the 21-year-old striker back to the US, ahead of their inaugural season in 2015, where he would add to a potent attack which is set to boast both David Villa and Frank Lampard.

Agudelo, however, is understood to be determined to find a new home in England, despite the previous work permit issues which saw his hopes of appearing for Stoke dashed, with the promising front man even looking into purchasing property in Cyprus in an attempt to acquire an EU passport.

Having first burst onto the scene with the New York Red Bulls in 2010 at the age of 17, before going on to spells at Chivas USA and the New England Revolution, Agudelo agreed to a pre-contract with Stoke last August to join the club at the start of 2014.

However, the fact the 17-times capped forward had featured just twice for the US since 2012 meant that a work permit was denied, forcing the Premier League side to send him out on loan to FC Utrecht for the second-half of the 2013-14 campaign.

He scored three goals in 14 appearances for the Dutch outfit, earning impressive reviews, but a second appeal was denied in May, following which the Potters reluctantly announced his release.

Agudelo has since been linked with a move back to the Eredivise, as well as to the Bundesliga, but his insistence on making the switch to England has so far left his options limited.

The Revolution still hold his MLS rights, having offered him a new contract before his departure on a free transfer, meaning NYCFC would have to work out a deal, but whether the Homegrown product would even be willing to make the move back to the US at this point remains to be seen.

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