Newcastle Said To Be After £7M Rated Shane Long


The Daily Mirror is reporting that Newcastle and Everton will battle it out  to sign Reading striker Shane Long for around £7M.

Shane Long – are Newcastle interested?

But there’s never been much evidence that Newcastle are interested in the 24 year-old Irish International striker, so we wonder how much truth is in this report.

However, it does look like Newcastle’s £7.5M bid for PSG Turkish striker Mevlut Erdinc will not ultimately be successful, and presumably Newcastle will now look to other potential strikers, who are available.

The news is that Reading manager Brian McDermott, a good friend of Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, has alerted both clubs that Shane Long will probably be sold to a Premier League club before the season starts on August 13th.

McDermott said that he would have to reluctantly accept the 24-year-old having to leave Reading if a decent deal could be worked out that was good for both the club and the player.

McDermott said:

“Shane is the best striker in the Championship. He could play for anyone in the Premier League,”

Shane is a goal poacher type of striker, and perhaps could play well alongside big Demba Ba, Newcastle’s new signing, and Shane has 21 caps for  Ireland with 6 International goals.

Shane has been at Reading since 2005, and last season scored a good 25 goals in 50 appearances for the Royals, but we’re still not sure if Newcastle are really interested in this player.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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83 comments so far

  • TK

    Jul 18, 2011 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #1

    If we’re going after him, we should be offering player+cash, especially if we’re planning to play one up (with HBA in behind).
    Ameobi and Lovenkrands are both championship proven and could be counted as about 1-2m each surely?
    Ranger is clearly a bad influence and not wanted, could be offered at 1.5-2m?
    Even Best might be worth offering, although I’d rather see him stay.

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  • Andy

    Jul 18, 2011 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #2
  • TOONCHRIS

    Jul 18, 2011 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #3

    will never happen,i would be willing ta bet my house car and girlfriend that we dont spend another penny this summer

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  • calvinzolamakongo

    Jul 18, 2011 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #4

    I know it’s YouTube but he looks like a top player goals skills pace good close passing range flicks ons 1 2s etc wud play well with BA and prob have a different but good partnership with best..7mil no more tho

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  • nufcedmunds

    Jul 18, 2011 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #5

    We will buy another striker. But patience is the game. Ma doesn’t want to give the impression we need one as the price will then go up. Reckon we will spend 7 mil.

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  • Andy

    Jul 18, 2011 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #6

    I like him. I think he has very good movement and has a great work rate. Think he’d score goals given the chance and i would be happy if we brought him in. Last game he played was for ireland when he played dircetly against giorgio chielleni – one of the best cbs in the world. He gave him the run around and chielleni didn’t know what was going on. Think he could be a top player

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  • Dannyo

    Jul 18, 2011 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #7

    Aye, the more i reasearch about Long, the more i like him. But we’ll see.

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  • TOONCHRIS

    Jul 19, 2011 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #8

    trust me people it will never happen,i hope no one is lucking forward to any more signings cos you will be disapointed,the greedy man has put his cheque book back in the safe

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  • AMEOBI

    Jul 19, 2011 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #9

    TOONCHRIS,
    You bet them mate and I’ll be my phone (nokia 3410) I say we spend a “penny or more” and I get your lass and house? 😉

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  • Andy

    Jul 19, 2011 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #10

    ToonChris you got a pick of your lass then? haha

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  • AMEOBI

    Jul 19, 2011 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #11

    Andy,
    He gave him a cracking run on that game, he’s a handful like

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  • TOONCHRIS

    Jul 19, 2011 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #12

    hahahaha ameobi house n lass for phone doesnt sound to gud ov a deal lol,iv just got this horrid feelin jose will gan n a few others n we will b left short at the end of the transfer window with no1 else cummin in

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  • boater

    Jul 19, 2011 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #13

    the problem is that all these toon transfer rumours are based on the supposition that we intend to spend any money, which we don’t.

    Don’t get your hopes up for a little fishy on a little dishy anytime soon lads n lasses, the boat isn’t coming in, and to be honest your daddy is out betting the fish he caught at the local casino anyway… if you knaa what I mean.

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  • Andy

    Jul 19, 2011 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #14

    He’s got the same work rate as Kevin Doyle who is another good player imo. To have a guy who just runs himself into the floor for the team is a great thing to have. Especially from the front as it sets the tone for the rest of the team. I like the idea of this. And ToonChris i think a lot of people are feeling the same as you mate

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  • AMEOBI

    Jul 19, 2011 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #15

    Mate, the offers there! Phone never breaks! Yeah I have some bad feeling too but Jose is pee’in me off just a little.. Wish he’d f@ck off!

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  • GeordieDan

    Jul 19, 2011 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #16

    Alright lads.

    I had to work the other night when we played at Darlo and couldn’t make it down unfortunately. Still haven’t really heard/read anyone who was at the game’s comments on how good our new lads (plus Gosling and Benny) individually performed on the night.

    The news rags have just concentrated on the idiots who ran on the pitch and missed the point of commenting on the match as far as I can see.

    Any player ratings or stand out things they did worth mentioning? Really interested to get some opinions.

    Btw cheers to all the USELESS local media who decided it wasn’t even worth commentating on. Pathetic

    7000+ fans made it to the game and u think nobody would be interested enuff? U should be embarrassed.

    Cheers in advance 4 any input lads!

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  • AMEOBI

    Jul 19, 2011 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #17

    Andy.. I’d say Doyle and Long are the exact same players but shanes abit faster and smarter on the runs

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  • AMEOBI

    Jul 19, 2011 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #18

    Dan,
    I didn’t get myself to the game as couldn’t be asked, but apparently benny and cabaye and best was the stand out players

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  • TOONCHRIS

    Jul 19, 2011 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #19

    ameobi your reet bowt jose like,hees defo gettin on my nerves,if he wants ta gan get it dun now so we nar the crak n can get sum1 in,a think it will drag n drag n drag on till the last day or close to the end of the window then it will d dekka n the fat 1 sayin we didnt hav time ta get any1 in

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  • Andy

    Jul 19, 2011 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #20

    I’d say long is just behind doyle as it stands as Doyle has ‘PL experience’ that people bang on about but i have no doubt given a run of games in the prem long could prove to be a top player. All irish strikers seem the same don’t they? Keane, Doyle and Long. All v similar. Best doesn’t count as he was born in notts!

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  • AMEOBI

    Jul 19, 2011 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #21

    Chris,
    Yeah init, I’d pay his taxi to Arsenal as long as the cash gets used for a new LB

    Andy,
    First I knew that Best was from Notts, learn summit new everyday huh! Yeah they do seem all the same type of player (small too) 😉

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  • Andy

    Jul 19, 2011 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #22

    i’ll be honest i had to google it haha

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  • TOONCHRIS

    Jul 19, 2011 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #23

    i wouldnt be suprised if jose,best,perch,guthrie,and maybe barton are gone by the start of the season which isnt a bad thing apart from barton if we got sum replacements in but it will not appen

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  • AMEOBI

    Jul 19, 2011 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #24

    Oh well Andy, that’s cheating haha

    Chris, who would u keep outta them? I’d keep barton and guthrie as squad isn’t the biggest

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  • Andy

    Jul 19, 2011 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #25

    I’d keep all bar perch. Think best can do a job for us and even if he’s not first choice he’s good backup to have. Likewise guthrie

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  • TOONCHRIS

    Jul 19, 2011 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #26

    id keep barton n best cos he is probs the best ov a bad bunch of strikers apart from ba n a carnt see ba lastin a full season without breakin down,n am sick of hearin sturridges name cos av got mor chance of a nite wit cheryl cole than we hav of signin him

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  • AMEOBI

    Jul 19, 2011 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #27

    I didn’t see Best there what was I thinking.. I like Best, he wouldn’t mind the bench either would he unlike forster haha

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  • AMEOBI

    Jul 19, 2011 at 12:33 AM

    Comment #28

    Well if we sign sturridge I reckon the blog should get together and do a charity thing for you! Night with the geordie queen, hey build ya hopes up!

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  • TOONCHRIS

    Jul 19, 2011 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #29

    i forgot bowt forster he will be gone aswell,hees had a taste ov 1st team games up scotland so he wint hang about if hees 3rd choice

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  • i Toon

    Jul 19, 2011 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #30

    He would be a great buy but don’t think fat ash well spend anymore $$$ this summer

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  • AMEOBI

    Jul 19, 2011 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #31

    Well he had the game against Darlo didn’t he, every player has a chance of first team, he’s a canny keeper though

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  • TOONCHRIS

    Jul 19, 2011 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #32

    a would still have harps n krul in front ov him tho,just my opinion but a fink harps shud be numba 1 for 1 last season,hees waited years for his chance

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  • AMEOBI

    Jul 19, 2011 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #33

    I toon,
    Sure he would mate, fingers crossed haha

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  • Andy

    Jul 19, 2011 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #34

    I don’t rate him v highly FF. Watched a lot of Celtic games last season as they’re my second team and he doesn’t come for anything. He doesn’t command his box and he is very slow to get down to the ball. Think TK and SH are better than him

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  • AMEOBI

    Jul 19, 2011 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #35

    Yeah same here, who could sit on the bench for god knows how many years to watch given? He’s mad! My word of loyalty goes to Harper maybe Shola but I just think he’s hard to get rid off lol

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  • TOONCHRIS

    Jul 19, 2011 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #36

    i honestly have no idea how strolla is still ere,he must hav something on the owners or sumfin lol

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  • AMEOBI

    Jul 19, 2011 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #37

    Yeah Andy, loads people say he’s slow to get down
    2nd team to watch Celtic madness boring league 😉
    Prefer watch the local comrades haha

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  • Andy

    Jul 19, 2011 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #38

    Haha it’s pretty poor but i was brought up in a celtic mad house. Live in newcastle though so they’re my top team but still nice to support a team that has a chance of winning something every year! (Even if it is pretty poor quality)

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  • AMEOBI

    Jul 19, 2011 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #39

    I like that one! Summit on the owners, wouldn’t put it past him lol

    Yeah true, most people on this blog are trophy virgins, hopefully these new signings save us all!

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  • boater

    Jul 19, 2011 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #40

    Toonchris – true, harps has earned his playing time these days, but can we expect Krul – with 2 full dutch caps to his name to sit around and wait a year on sentimental grounds for the shirt back?

    I feel for harper but krul is the future and it would be stupid to put his face out of joint … just to give harper his day in the sun.. tough one.

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