The news today is that Reading will be willing to sell their star striker Shane Long, now that they will remain in the Championship next season.
Shane Long – Reading will sell him this summer
But they will be hoping they can get at least £4M for the player who scored 25 goals in 50 appearances for Reading last season.
Newcatsle have been linked with the player before, but we’ll be linked with any striker that becomes available on the planet this summer – let’s be honest.
Clubs said to be interested include Liverpool, Everton and Celtic, as well as the Magpies.
Owner Madejski said this today about Long today:
“I’m aware of Celtic’s interest in Shane Long,”
“We are still to hear anything official from Celtic, but it’s obvious they are interested. How confident am I we can ward off Celtic’s interest? Not very.”
“It’s sad that we didn’t get promoted because Shane would have liked to stay at Reading if we had reached the Premier League. But that has changed because we will be in the Championship.”
Any of the Premier League clubs will have more financial muscle than Celtic, with even the two Scottish giants Rangers and Celtic not too flush with money these days north of the border.
It turns out that Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is good friends with Royals manager Brian McDermott, so that would be an advantage – if Newcastle are indeed interested in the player.
But Newcastle were yesterday linked with both Dimitar Berbatov and Demba Ba, and have already had a bid accepted for Lorient top striker Kevin Gameiro, so whether Shane is a top priority at Newcastle, we just don’t know.
What do you think about this player?