News today that Newcastle United may be in a battle with Birmingham City to sign Shane Long from Reading.
Shane Long – very impressive for Reading this season
The news is in the News Of The World today, and it’s that both Premiership clubs are willing to cough up £3M for the Ireland striker, and that would be a very reasonable transfer fee.
Shane has two years left on his Reading contract, but the news (where they get this from we have no idea) are prepared to pay bigger wages than Newcastle, and as much as £5K a week more, or at least that’s what’s being reported.
Long is still only 23 years old, has scored nine goals in his last 22 games, and looks a very good player in the making, and certainly fits the profile of the type of player Chris Hughton would like to bring into the Tyneside club this summer.
However, if Birmingham do offer higher wages and Shane goes to Birmingham because of that – so be it.
Gone are the days Newcastle will pay huge wages to players who come to Newcastle just for the money, and we saw last season what a huge difference it makes when players come to Newcastle to play for the famous club in front of 52,000 Geordies.
There’s no doubt that Shane Long really played well during Reading’s great FA Cup run earlier in the year, and looked a class act against the Premier sides they met and beat – Burnley and Liverpool.
And the Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has been impressed with Long on the two occasions he played against Newcastle in the Championship season just finished, which Newcastle won by 9 points from 2nd placed WBA and by 23 points over 3rd placed Nottingham Forest.
Shane started his career at Cork City in 2005, and joined Reading back in 2005, and has played for Reading 141 times with 28 goals, and for his country Ireland, 10 times with 3 goals.
We’ll keep an eye on this one, but of course we have no idea if Newcastle are really interested in this player – after all it is Sunday today. 😀