The United States international is desperate to get out of the Britannia Stadium in search of first-team football and could head for Germany or Netherlands if a deal falls through
By Ives Galarcep
Southampton are in talks to sign Stoke City winger Brek Shea on loan, Goal understands.
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Clubs in Germany and Netherlands are also in the mix to recruit the winger but the Saints need cover on the flanks after a busy summer of star sales.
Shea spent a brief loan spell with Barnsley in the Championship last season but would prefer a move to the continent if Southampton's negotiations collapse rather than a potential return to the second tier.
The 24-year-old was sent back to Stoke after playing eight games for the Tykes after making an offensive gesture towards the club's own fans after a 5-0 defeat at Huddersfield Town.
Shea has made five appearances - including only one start, in the League Cup - for the Potters since his £2.5 million move from FC Dallas.