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.
“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?