Chicago Fire forward David Accam says work permit issues prevented potential Stoke City move

Stoke City Britannia Stadium

The 25-year-old Ghanaian was linked with a move to the Potters in December after enjoying a successful training stint at the Britannia Stadium.

Speaking to Ghana’s Joy News, Chicago Fire forward David Accam has claimed that he would be a Stoke City player now if he was only able to secure a work permit during the January transfer window.

Accam, 25, trained with Stoke for a brief period in December in order to keep up his fitness during the MLS offseason, but after making a positive impression on the coaching staff, reports soon emerged that manager Mark Hughes was interested in signing the five-time capped Ghana international [h/t Daily Mail].

He ultimately returned to the States without any deal materialising, but the pacey front man believes that a move to the Britannia Stadium would have happened were it not for paperwork problems.

"There was a lot on the cards at Stoke but there was a big issue with the work permit – I'm not qualified to get a work permit," Accam told Joy News. "But aside from the work permit it shows I am good enough to play in the Premier League.

“Stoke saw a lot of stuff in me, that's why they invited me to come and train with them and see what happened. I think the work permit is the only reason I'm not playing in the Premier League now.

"The environment and the people were great for me,” he added on his time with the Potters. “They made me feel welcome and I appreciate their efforts. I trained with the first team and we had a closed door training game.

"I met the coaches, who were really nice, and I spent three days there. They spoke to me about what I was doing wrong and what I did well. They really encouraged me.

"I am still in contact with some of the players and staff as well. I learnt a lot from there."

Accam actually played non-league football in England between 2009 and 2011 while studying at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire, while he was also linked with several Premier League and Championship sides before joining the Fire from Swedish giants Helsingborgs in December 2014 [h/t Sky Sports].

Chicago went on to endure a dismal season, finishing bottom of the Eastern Conference with a league-low 30 points, but the striker-cum-winger managed to stand out as one of their few bright spots, finishing as the club’s top scorer with 10 goals from 24 appearances to win team MVP honours.

He has since made a hot start to his term, chalking up two goals and an assist in his first two games, as well as recording the second-most dribbles in the league with 18.

How long he will stay in MLS is anyone's guess at this stage, but if he eventually manages to earn enough international caps then a dream move to the Premier League could well be in his future.

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