On Saturday, reports emerged that Stoke City had made a £3 million offer for FC Dallas winger Brek Shea.
Stoke manager Tony Pulis even confirmed the story stating, “There's a lad coming over, Brek Shea, and we are going to have a look at him.”
However, on Wednesday, Pulis reversed his position saying, “We enquired about whether we could bring him over, not managed to achieve it but we move on.”
At the same time that Pulis was confirming the deal was dead, reports emerged that the reason the deal died was that MLS, who controls all player contracts in the single-entity league, wanted twice what Stoke was offering for Shea.
The move seemed an odd one anyways as Shea is still recovering from foot surgery performed in the MLS offseason, but it is also sad that MLS stopped a deal that the player, his current club and his potential future club all seemed to want.