It’s becoming clear that Kevin Gameiro is Newcastle’s number one target this summer.
Shane Long – Newcastle seem interested
But if Newcastle find it difficult to persuade the French International to move to Tyneside, it looks like they will turn their attention to Ireland International striker Shane Long.
The Daily Mail is reporting today that Newcastle will make a £5M bid next week for the player, with Celtic and Everton also interested.
The Reading player scored a good 25 goals for Reading last season, and seems a natural old fashioned goal poacher, and could score a lot of goals for Newcastle.
Reading lost the Championship play-off final 4-2 to Swansea last weekend, and will be in England’s seocnd division again next season, and Reading now seem resigned to losing the 5’11” Gortnahoe born player.
Celtic are keen on the lad, but we wonder if that is a good career move for any decent young player.
Celtic do have European Champions League competition every season, but the league is of a low standard and the pitches are just awful.
The chance for Long to play in the best league in the world should give Newcastle a big edge over Celtic, but we wonder just how serious the Magpies will be in going after Shane Long – if they cannot get Gameiro?
And the news last week was that Newcastle would be after Gameiro or Gervinho, but wouldn’t sign both, so why wouldn’t they try to get Gervinho next?
Trying to make some sense out of what’s being reported in the papers on the transfer front, gets to be hard of course, since you never know which parts are true and which parts are not.
Royals manager Brian McDermott wants to keep Long, but Reading owner John Madejski seems willing to sell – at a good price of course.
This is what the owner said last week about Long:
“I’m aware of interest in Shane Long,” he said. “How confident am I we can ward off that interest? Not very.”
“It’s sad we didn’t get promoted because Shane would have liked to stay if we had reached the Premier League, but that has changed because we will be in the Championship.”
“What value would I place on him? £20M. I don’t know if he will end up at Celtic, but what is certain is that he will not be at Reading next season.”
Long was voted Reading’s Player of the Year for last season, but however well these players look in the Championship, there’s no guarantee they will make it in the Premier League, which is a huge step up in class.
But what we’ve seen of Long, he looks a good player, who can still improve, and the 24 year-old could be a good buy for the Magpies at around £4M to £6M.
What do you think?