Stoke City send Brek Shea out on loan to Birmingham City

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Birmingham City have confirmed the signing of US midfielder Brek Shea on an emergency loan deal from Stoke City.

Shea will remain with the Championship side until December 13 with the Potters not including a recall option in the deal.

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Struggled to impress

Brek Shea arrived at Stoke City on the final day of the 2013 January transfer window from DC United for a fee in the region of £2.5 million, and with the US international having previously spent time training with Arsenal there were high hopes that the Texas native could make an impact in the English Premier League.

However Shea has made just three first team appearances for the midlands club with both the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons interrupted by knee injuries.

The 24-year-old was sent out on loan to Barnsley almost a year ago today in order to gain match fitness.

After just eight appearances for the Tykes however Shea was sent back to Stoke City after an altercation with Barnsley fans during the aftermath of a 5-0 defeat to Huddersfield Town.

Clark Impressed

That clearly hasn't put of Birmingham City manager Lee Clark however with the former Newcastle stalwart expressing his delight at the loan move today via the club's official website:

"I've been chasing Brek for a while and actually wanted to sign him permanently at the start of the season," said Clark.

"He impressed me when he played for Barnsley here at St Andrew's on New Year's Day and, given our recent injuries, it made sense to make this loan move, importantly with no recall clause being something that I have stressed all along."

Impressing on the international stage

Whilst Shea has failed to make an impact on the English game to date he boast an impressing career at international level.

Despite out on selection for the 2014 World Cup largely due to injury Shea has made 24 appearances for the US, scoring two goals in the process. The most important of which came in the final of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup as the USA secured a 1-0 win over Panama.

Birmingham fans will be hoping to see that kind of form at St. Andrews in the coming months with the club having obtained just five points from their opening five fixtures.

Shea is likely to feature in his new club's weekend fixture against Leeds United.

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