Stoke City Announce £2.5m Signing Of MLS Star Brek Shea

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American winger completes switch to the Britannia Stadium.

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Stoke City have completed the signing of American international winger Brek Shea from MLS side FC Dallas for a fee of £2.5million, the club confirmed on their official website.

It has been thought that a deal to sign the 22-year-old had collapsed because of doubts over the winger’s fitness following a long injury lay-off.  It was understood that Stoke wanted him to prove his well-being at the Britannia Stadium prior to completing a £2.5million deal, but the MLS deemed him not up to a trial.

But the differences were put to one side and Shea arrived in Britain in time to watch Stoke’s 2-2 draw with Wigan on Tuesday night. He subsequently agreed personal terms over a move and passed a medical at the Britannia Stadium and was officially granted a work permit on Thursday.

Stoke are also understood to have had a bid accepted by Birmingham City for goalkeeper Jack Butland, who is thought to be agreeing the terms of his contract. Sky Sports report that England under-21 goalkeeper Butland will be loaned back to St Andrews for the rest of the season.

Peter Crouch had been linked with deadline day move away from the Britannia Stadium but a switch to QPR did not materialise, but defender Matthew Upson could be on his way out with Brighton understood to be in talks with him.

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