No Stoke deal for Birmingham defender Kelly

Stoke City won't be taking up the option to sign permanently on-loan Birmingham City defender Stephen Kelly.

Stoke City won't be taking up the option to sign permanently on-loan Birmingham City defender Stephen Kelly.

The Mirror says Stoke have decided not to make Kelly's loan permanent, leaving Birmingham boss Alex McLeish with a headache.

Kelly (above) is a free agent this summer after going to Stoke in January following a bust-up with McLeish. City now have to recall the defender or lose him on a Bosman.