The Daily Mirror is today reporting that West Brom are ready to smash their club transfer record to land Reading’s Shane Long.
The paper claims that Roy Hodgson has identified Long as his number one transfer target this summer. The Republic Of Ireland international bagged an impressive 25 goals for Reading last term, Reading now face an uphill struggle to keep hold of their prize asset after missing out on promotion to the Premier League.
Long has been linked with a number of top flight teams in recent weeks, including Newcastle United. It’s hardly surprising that the striker is drumming up so much interest following his incredible season at Reading. It’s certainly fair to say that Shane deserves a chance to be playing top flight football next season.
Long’s goal per game ratio is impressive and is at an age where he can continue to develop and improve. It’s easy to state that the player was scoring in the Championship and that the Premier League is a whole different level, but to be fair he scored six more goals last season than Carroll did in his Championship season. He also did it in a team that lacked as much quality as the team Andy played in too.
Other clubs said to be interested in securing Long’s signature are Everton and Wolves, although Liverpool have also been linked with the 24-year-old in the past. If The Mirror is to be believed then The Baggies are set to bid around £8 million for the player.
The fee seems a little steep to me and I would think that Reading would be tempted to sell Long for around £5 million if there was a tangible offer on the table. Whether Newcastle are genuinely interested in Shane is unknown, but we have been heavily linked with the lad in recent weeks and it’s well documented that we are keen on bringing in another striker.
If Alan Pardew is interested in Long, the club should act fast as the player is attracting a lot of interest elsewhere and certainly isn’t short of admirers. Newcastle have already missed out on reported targets, hopefully if Long is on Pardew’s list the club can throw their hat into the ring sooner rather than later.
Even if Long is plan C, let’s not put ourselves into a position where we must search for a plan D. I’ve said it before but I think Long would be a good signing and I would welcome him to Newcastle with open arms. Very good player with a lot of potential in my opinion.
This though is one of a few articles I have written about Long now, I don’t want this to be be compared to Ed’s Seb Larsson fetish….
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