Stoke and FC Dallas had made good progress on agreeing a fee — thought to be in the region of Â£2m should the deal go ahead. But the fee also has to be ratified by Major League Soccer under American rules and that is threatening to put a spanner in the works. The MLS is inclined to put a greater value on Shea because he is 22 and full of potential. Stoke will be wary of his fitness record in recent times, however, including a recent operation to remove a bone from his right foot.
Last week’s announcement was a bit fast-moving to be completely believable; we’ll see if something still gets done.