STOKE CITY have confirmed that American international Brek Shea has now finalised his £2.5 million move to the Britannia Stadium.
The highly-rated 22-year-old winger’s transfer from MLS side FC Dallas was sealed after he was granted a work permit and then the Club obtained all the necessary international clearance on transfer deadline day.
Shea has put pen-to-paper on a four-and-half year contract with the Potters and is relishing the chance to play in the Premier League.
Manager Tony Pulis travelled down to London to attend a hearing at Wembley to consider City’s work permit appeal.
“It’s fantastic news that we have been able to push through the deal,” said Pulis. “Brek is a very, very exciting player, and one who we firmly believe could go on to become an outstanding player for this Football Club.
“He has terrific pace, a very good left foot and is capable of scoring goals. He has all the tools needed to be a success here.”
Chief Executive Tony Scholes added: “The transfer has been a complex process, but we wouldn’t have pursued our interest in him if we weren’t confident in his ability and our prospects of completing the transfer.
“Brek first came to our attention through our scouting system three years ago and we have been tracking his progress ever since.”
Shea is now looking forward to the prospect of performing in the Premier League once all the formalities have been completed.
“It’s been up and down, trying to figure out what’s going on, but I’m here now and ready to go. It’s one of the best Leagues in the world, and I’m excited to be here and hopefully I can contribute,” commented the USA star.