News in The Sun today that Newcatsle have launched a £7M bid for Reading striker Shane Long.
24 year-old reading striker Shane Long
We’ve been waiting to see if Newcastle’s bid for PSG’s Mevlut Erdinc has been successful, but if the news yesterday that Erdinc wanted to stay at PSG is true, Newcastle may have gone after another striker.
The news is that Newcastle have offered £5M plus Leon Best for the Irishman – so that’s a 9£M bid, isn’t it?
The Sun is reporting it’s a £7M bid, but Best was up for sale for £4M.
Is Shane Long that much better than Leon Best?
Long has been valued at a rather high £10M, and Everton and West Brom are also said to be interested.
We have no idea if this news is true, although it does seem that Newcastle want to bring in a second striker soon, and certainly before the American tour starts in less than two weeks time.
Last seaosn Shane hit 25 goals in 50 appearances with Reading and in 200 total appearances for the side since 2005, has 54 goals.
And Long has 21 appearances for Ireland with 6 goals – which is not too bad at all – we wonder if he can speak French though?
Alan Pardew is big friends with Reading manager Brian McDermott, and if Newcastle are indeed interested we think a deal could be struck fairly quickly.