Is Shane Long a target?

Shane Long: Excellent goal tally last season.
With Demba Ba already signed up Newcastle could probably do with another goalscorer for the forthcoming season. One striker we have been linked with on a few occasions is Reading’s Shane Long.

Today Newcastle have once again been linked with The Republic Of Ireland international. Shane bagged an impressive 25 goals for The Royals last term in The Championship. His excellent form has alerted top flight teams, including Newcastle.

Long looks a decent player but wouldn’t be available on the cheap.Setanta are reporting that Reading will demand £10 million fee for their striker. Chairman John Madejski has described the player as ‘world class’. That’s maybe being a little over the top, but no doubt the lad has ability.

Newcastle aren’t alone in their reported admiration for the player as Everton, West Brom and The Mackems are all said to be interested in signing Long. Having said this Sunderland appear to be linked with everyone just now.

Ba is a good signing but has had documented injury problems. He failed a medical at Stoke shortly before signing for West Ham last season which is a slight concern. Demba does however look like he has a goal in him, he proved that when he was scoring for such a poor team last season. I think if we can add another goalscorer to the squad and keep Ba fit we could be looking quite good up top.

I would like to see Long at Newcastle, although I think £10 million is a ridiculous amount to pay and personally I would test Reading’s resolve with a bid half that figure. I think he would be a shrewd signing if we could get him for around £4/5 million. If there is as much interest as the rumors suggest though Reading would no doubt play hard ball with their demands for the player.

Do you think Long would be a decent signing? Do you believe he is on Pardew’s wanted list?

About MarkToon

I'm Mark, I live in a little town called Rugby. I go back a long way with Toonsy, we have traveled the country together watching the lads. I eat, breath and sleep Newcastle United! Follow me on Twitter-@ MRStockers or add me on Facebook- Mark Stockley.

64 thoughts on “Is Shane Long a target?

  1. Unfortunately the price of home grown has gone up (thats if an Irishman could be considered home grown)
    To get a 25 goal scorer for £4 to £5 m. is illogical in to-days market and the fact Owl Heed is presently doing his nickel and dime negotiating at PSG makes it unlikely we would consider Long.
    Being we did’nt go for him early was an indication that at most he would be considered a last minute choice.
    It was estimated earlier he would go for around £7m or more, so the asking price is about right, not to say they will get it, imo he will go for around £8m.

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  2. I know this will sound silly, but won’t we have too many strikers if this deal is done? Ba, Best, Ameobi, Lovenkrands, and effectively Ben Arfa? Not to mention Airey and others. Especially if the 4-4-1-1 is the true format we go with. When would he play? 10million for a 3rd or 4th choice striker seems a bit much. I am sure I am off there, but I would play Best before him.

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  3. Think Long is a good player , wouldnt spend £10 mil on him , I would go for 6 up front and maybe some add ons up to £10 mil if the add ons were champions leage football or something crazy

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  4. We should offer them 5million plus Ranger . Ba , Long , Best , Ameobi and Lovenkrands should then be enough too get us through next season . We could then loan Airey out so he could get some game time in the lower leagues .

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  5. I’d go for Long 🙂
    And btw, Pardew’s interview on Total Sport at 5:30 i think, ill do an article on it for anyone who misses it

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  6. first team were not training today it was more youth team and reserves , 2moro the first team start

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  7. Norcal-

    you have a point but we need quality in depth…plus club are trying to sell Leon 🙁 and Loven is past it.

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  8. Not sure about Long yet, from what I’ve seen of him.

    To some extent, the more decent/quality players we get in the better because I’d be very surprised if clubs don’t make offers for quite a few of our players later or late in the window. Ranger, Best etc. I would loan out Ranger and keep Best though. We could do with 5 strikers plus Benny.

    Canales sounds like an interesting prospect!

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  9. Quick question, what is the junior age range for Newcastle? Cos I got my season ticket and they chargend me for a junior, 17 by the way 😆

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  10. MarkToon, I agree with Lovenkrands comment. I guess my comments were more along the lines of as things stand currently. I hope that Best isn’t sold. But, if he is, then I could go for this deal. But if Best is still part of the picture, and I think he should be, then perhaps use the money elsewhere.

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  11. Long at 10m tells you just about everything you need to know about what is wrong with modern day british football… over priced big time…

    Off topic….. Toonsy, I realise the site needs support from advertising and I have no real problem with it…… but seeing it up top along the site name doesn’t seem right… The site name should stand alone, the advertising seems to overpower at the moment.. just an observation mate 🙂

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  12. GOOSE- well Mike Ashley deserves to be robbed, the Twa’t 😆

    I was shocked when it said age brand junior, not complaing like 😆

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  13. RT-Why would I want a free membership if I am under 18? I thought everyone got a membership with there season ticket?

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  14. i rekn we should try and get shane long and erding!! long , erding and ba then we will be guaranteed goals

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  15. Army, Ba is the only one of them players that has proved he can score in the prem. Although long did well in Readings FA cup run the other year against the prem teams. But erding could be a flop Xisco and Luque come to mind?

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  16. Goose, I live in Sheffied, but were moving in august to Newcastle 😀

    Jobey, i’m getting a lift by the way, Im not going to ask if you want to meet me, I just wonderd 😆

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  17. Spencer….so they would have you believe as everybody who gets a season ticket automatically becomes a member, but in the small print everybody is being charged £15 for the privelege…..except you young whipper snappers who get it free 😉

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  18. spencer does that mean every foreign striker we sign is gna be a flop just bcos luque and xisco were?? on th other hand erding could be a massive hit on tyneside mate , its the chance u have gota take!! no long hasnt prooved himself in the prem like mate , i wud prefer erding out of the 2

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  19. Why am I a c0ck Jobey, come on we cant get it all, you get a RT of wor Joey, mind, I know which one I want more 😉

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  20. I’m jealous that Jobey got a tweet of Joey 👿 I just live too far away to have a season ticket

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  21. “Off topic….. Toonsy, I realise the site needs support from advertising and I have no real problem with it…… but seeing it up top along the site name doesn’t seem right… The site name should stand alone, the advertising seems to overpower at the moment…”

    If you’re using the Firefox browser, just install the Adblock Plus add-on and you can simply remove all the annoying adverts:
    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/adblock-plus/

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  22. yeah ya ryt spencer but having them 3 cant be much worst than havn loven , ameobi and ranger 😀

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  23. I dont mind lovo, he works hes socks off, and gets fook all service, think next season he might got a few more goals with players like HBA behind him.

    And Jobey, so would I 😆

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  24. Cant wait for the season to start, when they said tyne weir derby in 47 days i got a semi 😆

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  25. Aussie – Remember the them hasn’t finished being played with yet mate. There’ll be more fiddling with it no doubt 🙂

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