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Agudelo came close to joining Celtic, Liverpool before Stoke move

Inter Miami striker Juan Agudelo has revealed how he almost joined Celtic and Liverpool before an ill-fated switch to Stoke City in 2014.

Agudelo had achieved notoriety with New York Red Bulls, Chivas USA and New England Revolution before the Potters acquired his signature.

However, Stoke were unable to attain a work-permit for the US international and he was returned to MLS after a loan spell with Utrecht.

"I thought for sure I was going to go to Celtic," Agudelo told MLSSoccer.com. "It was tough. I don't know if I would have went to Liverpool and got loaned out, but I definitely wanted to go to Celtic. It was a place I was probably going to play."

He added: "I was offered a contract at Utrecht as my loan ended, but it was a rough time for me. I was frustrated that I couldn't play (for Stoke) because of work-permit and political issues. I wish I was stronger, but I was a kid. I was like, 'Man, I just want to go home'."

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