Selasa, 19 Juni 2012

Summer Transfer Window: Geoff Cameron

Cameron could very well leave MLS for Europe after impressing with the US national team
Geoff Cameron has become a sarter for the United States this summer as the Houston Dynamo center back moved to the back line from central midfield last season and is now being scouted by multiple sides in England and Germany. Geoff Cameron is a better centre back than Tim Ream and we know how Ream has been a good pickup for Bolton so far despite their relegation. Geoff Cameron could be on the move this summer as he would cost around 5 million dollars (4 million euros) so where might he end up?

Schalke reportedly had scouts in Houston to see him play against FC Dallas last weekend as they decide whether they want to make a move or not for Cameron? Schalke could definitely afford a move for Cameron and the chance to play with US international Jermaine Jones in the UEFA Champions League would interest him. However, Schalke already has two young centerbacks in Benedikt Howedes and Kyriakos Papadopoulos plus veteran Christoph Metzelder so Cameron might not recieve too much playing time which is necessary if he wants to keep his spot in the US starting XI. Schalke have interest in Geoff Cameron but a move to Schalke doesn't seem likely for Cameron.

Everton were also scouting Cmaeron last weekend in Houston as Everton already has another American in goalkeeper Tim Howard so he should be able to adjust well at Goodison Park if he makes a move to Everton. Cameron could very well fit into the Everton starting XI as a replacement for the aging Sylvain Distin as Cameron would fit at centerback right beside Phil Jagielka with John Heitinga in a central defensive midfield role. Cameron's vision from central defense can allow him to be a real threat as Cameron can help develop the attack for Marouane Fellaini and then up to Nikica Jelavic. Everton is definitely a possibility as long as they have the funds. If they don't have the funds, then they may have to sell Heitinga or Jagielka before signing Cameron.

Stoke City
Stoke City was the third team that scouted Geoff Cameron this past weekend as they are thinking about a move for the Dynamo defender as they look to bring a younger player that can play more games. Stoke City has struggled finding someone to put beside Ryan Shawcross as Matthew Upson never settled down at Stoke and Jonathan Woodgate has been injured too often to be a regular starter. Cameron can be that defender beside Shawcross in the center of defense with Marc Wilson at left back and Robert Huth at right back. Cameron could fit in well at Stoke City and they have the funds to make a move so a move to the Britania Stadium is definitely possible.

Fulham have had tons of American in the past on the roster as Clint Dempsey currently stars for them but Fulham need an upgrade at centerback over Philippe Senderos and Geoff Cameron would be the right choice. Cameron gives them another force at center back who can dominate along with Brede Hangeland. Cameron and Hangeland would be one of the better pairs of center backs in the Premier League as Cameron could also convince Clint Dempsey to stay at Fulham instead of leaving for a club like Arsenal, Tottenham, or Liverpool. Fulham have not been linked with Cameron just yet but it would not surprise me if he ends up at Craven Cottage.

West Ham United
Sam Allardyce is looking to keep West Ham in the Premier League now that he has brought them back up to the top flight as they could use an upgrade at center back over New Zealand's Winston Reid. Cameron would be exactly that as the Houston defender would give them an upgrade in the air on set pieces ove Reid and Cameron knows how to set up counter attacks from the back. Sam Allardyce is already aware of the talent that is MLS as he has brought in FC Dallas's George John on loan this past year. Cameron is a better player than John and could fit in well at West Ham as they look to stay in the Premier League this season.

West Brom
West Brom's new manager Steve Clarke is looking build this team into a side that does not have to worry about relegation as they need to make an upgrade at center back if they want to do that. Jonas Olsson could end up leaving The Hawthorns for Tottenham and Gareth McAuley is not that good of a center back so West Brom will definitely have to think about making a move for US international Geoff Cameron. Cameron replicates the aerial threat that they have and he also gives them a proven player on the international stage in the center of defense. Cameron is also a proven leader and would definitely be someone that could lead a back four. Cameron will definitely be a target for West Brom as a move to The Hawthorns could happen for Cameron.

Bundesliga side Hannover already has an American prescence on the team with right back Steve Cherundolo being the captain for Hannover. Americans have had success in the Bundesliga and Cameron would definitely have to think about a moe to Hannover if they decide to make a move as Cameron would be a nice upgrade. Cameron would be a good centerback to pair up with Karim Haggui in the center of defense as that would give Hannover a stronger shot of getting to the top four and the Champions League instead of just the Europa League. Cameron could end at Hannover if they come calling as the chance to join up with US teammate Steve Cherundolo could make a move realistic.

The Houston Dynamo will want a lot for Cameron and any team may have to wait til the January transfer window to make a move with it geing mid-season in MLS. However, Cameron could very be playing in Europe sometime in the next six months as Houston might need to give him a designated player size deal to keep him at BBVA Compass Stadium.

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