Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Kenny Jackett remains confident that the club will have no problems securing a work permit for trialist Juan Agudelo should the US international impress enough to warrant a permanent move.
Agudelo, 21, has been a free agent since leaving Stoke at the end of the 2013-14 season after a second unsuccessful attempt to secure a work permit saw him fail to make a single appearance for the Premier League side.
Nevertheless, the promising striker has remained intent on securing a deal in England, and has since rebuffed approaches from the likes of Werder Bremen and Anderlecht, as well as an offer to return to MLS.
Able to feature for Wolves’ under-21s in the meantime, Agudelo is understood to be attempting to acquire an EU passport through purchasing property in Cyprus but, regardless, Jackett believes his potential signing would be straightforward.
‘I don’t think the work permit is an issue. Everything looks OK,’ the told the Express and Star.
‘We haven’t applied for one because we haven’t decided to sign him yet but the enquiries we’ve made so far suggest everything will be fine if we want to take him.
‘He’s 21 so if we do sign him we’ll be looking to make him a first-team striker. He’s been on trial this week so we’ll have a look at him in the games and then we’ll talk.
‘He’s over here full stop – he’s not waiting to go back to the States, he’s very keen to get into English football.
‘He’s very strong and a good finisher, and in training he looks quite mobile - he has a bit of everything.’
Having first burst onto the scene in MLS with the New York Red Bulls in 2010 at the age of 17, Agudelo would go on to showcase his undoubted potential during spells at Chivas USA and the New England Revolution over the next three seasons, before agreeing to a pre-contract with Stoke last August to join the club at the start of 2014.
The fact the 18-times capped forward had featured just twice for the US since 2012, however, meant that a work permit was denied, forcing Mark Hughes’s 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 but, despite earning impressive reviews, a second appeal was denied following the season, prompting the Potters to release him.
The team’s chief executive Tony Scholes at the time said: ‘Clubs over here may have to wait until he’s proven himself in Spain and then pay £10m for him.’