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Stoke manager Pulis confirms Brek Shea coming to visit

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FRISCO, TX - APRIL 25: Brek Shea #20 of the FC Dallas reacts after being knocked to the turf against Real Salt Lake at FC Dallas Stadium on April 25, 2012 in Frisco, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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The news today on Brek Shea’s impending move to Stoke City puts just a little different slant on things.

Stoke City manager Tony Pulis has confirmed to the local newspaper that the FC Dallas and U.S. international winger will indeed be coming to England next week, and that the Potters are quite interested.

But the way he puts it … Well, you judge for yourself if they are completely sold:

There’s a lad coming over, Brek Shea, and we are going to have a look at him. … He was touted as a very good player who’s played for the national team and he’s coming over for a week so we can take a look at him.”

(MORE: Shea moving to Stoke City, where the story goes now …)

Best guess here: Pulis knows there is some injury concern over the FCD lefty and wants to slow his roll a little, not get everyone worked up over something that still has some obstacles to clear before it crosses the finish line at The Brittania.

By the way, there is some about the transfer price, originally reported at $3.5 by ESPN’s Taylor Twellman, who broke the news late Friday via Twitter. Now, Sky Sports says the amount may be closer to $4.75 million.