While Stein is a basketball reporter for ESPN, he does have ties to the soccer world (he did break the Jozy Altidore-to-Sunderland news this past summer). Stein also did a little write up for ESPNFC.com as well.
United States winger Brek Shea is on the verge of moving from Stoke City to Barnsley on a short-term loan deal, according to sources close to the situation.
The move could be finalized as early as Wednesday, the first day of the January transfer window, sources told ESPN FC. If the move happens that quickly, Shea could go straight into Barnsley’s squad for their New Year’s Day game away to Birmingham City, sources said.
Shea has appeared in only three games for Stoke City this season across all competitions and would be going to a team currently sitting in 24th place out of the 24-team League Championship if the reports are true.
As for a wikipedia fun fact on Barnsley: They have spent more seasons in the second tier of English football than any other club in history, including 29 of the past 33 seasons.