Reports today that Newcastle may be interested in Reading striker Shane Long.
Shane Long – are Newcastle interested?
It’s not the first time Newcastle have been reported interested in this player, and they were credited with an interest in Long last season, when they were in the Championship, and certainly the Irish International is one of the better players in England’s second tier.
But whether he can improve the Newcastle squad, if Newcastle somehow manage to bring the 24 year-old in during this summer, is a good question.
Alan Pardew has said he will be looking at the lower leagues in England and wouldn’t hesitate to bring a player in, if he thought he had big potential to be able to play in the Premier League.
The Daily Mail is reporting that Newcastle are leading the queue of clubs ready to sing the 18 times capped Irish International, who has an impressive 20 goals in 43 appearances for Reading this season.
Certainly in the two fine Reading FA Cup runs over the last two seasons, Shane Long has looked an impressive player, and able to step up in class.
Shane is just above Newcastle’s Leon Best, in the pecking order as an Ireland striker, but he is behind captain Robbie Keane, who hardly plays club football these days, and Kevin Doyle, who injured his knee ligaments last week.
The Gortnahoe born Shane started his carer at Cork City, and joined Reading back in 2005.
In total he now has 188 appearances for Reading and a good 49 goals, so his goal-scoring record is impressive enough, especially this season.
Maybe Shane is one of those players who could be purchased fairly cheaply, but still make the step up to the Premier League.
What do you think?