Newcastle Want Ireland Striker In Cut Price Deal

There are reports today that Newcastle United have made 26 year-old West Brom striker Shane Long one of the club’s top transfer targets in January – and of course Newcastle had a chance to sign Shane in the summer of 2011, before he joined West Brom, but passed up on that chance.

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Shane Long – Newcastle interested in January?

The fee at that time was £4.5M rising to £6.5M based on appearances, and in his two full seasons at West Brom, Long has scored 19 goals in 70 appearances.

The former Reading striker and current Ireland international’s three-year contract at West Brom runs out in the summer, but there is a one year option that Steve Clarke could take up.

However, if that option is not taken up, then Shane could be available at a cut price fee in January, and hence Newcastle’s interest – since we always are after a good deal.

Shane is not a prolific goalscorer, but he would provide something different up front for Newcastle, which is what Alan Pardew is probably looking for.

If West Brom do not take up their one season option on Shane’s contract, it could be a decent for Newcastle at around £3M or less.

Shane has played for Ireland 42 times with 10 goals.

What do you think?

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24 comments so far

  • JackButler

    Nov 17, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #1

    Long would be a very good signing, has plenty of pace but is not the same player as Remy, who is the one we really needed to sign, shame he’ll be off come the summer

  • pottsclock

    Nov 17, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #2

    Not sure where these reports are coming from?
    I’ve always thought he was decent but not a world beater. He ran us ragged with Odemwinge soon after his transfer to West Brom and his pace was a real problem.

    There is something really odd though. West Brom were desperate for a striker at the start of the season having let Lukaku go back, but Long was not getting a game even when fully fit. Maybe he has an attitude problem or something.

  • Fostino

    Nov 17, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #3


    long defently dosnt have an attitude problem. i know the player, played against him when younger and know his family back in ireland too. a very hard working chap who gives everything. im not usre if he’s top notch but would be a good addition…he throws himself around and can score a goal

  • pottsclock

    Nov 17, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #4

    ..sorry, I seem to be wrong. He wasn’t fully fit at the start of the season. He’d be a decent signing but I agree with Jack – not the class of Remy.

  • andyc123

    Nov 17, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #5

    i think he will be alright but would not be a goal machine. in my eyes there are better strikers out there if cashley is going to open his wallet

  • JackButler

    Nov 17, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #6

    The sad thing is we already have the striker we need in Remy, Long would be a good replacement and upgrade for Shola and would strengthen us as a squad, sadly though we simply won’t be able to compete for Remy as we wont pay the wages needed to keep a top class player at the club

  • yo-yo

    Nov 17, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #8


    I agree Long would be a useful upgrade on Shola but he is not a target man / hold up type of forward, so our style would naturally have to change if we did sign him – unless he would be the bargain basement Remy replacement for when he goes.

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Nov 17, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #9

    Why does a billionaire buy a football club and not spend his money.

    Surely he has done more good to himself than the club.

  • andyc123

    Nov 17, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #10


    1 step foward 2 steps back

  • JackButler

    Nov 17, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #11


    I think we are more fluid when we play without a target man who’s position in modern day football is now outdated and rarely used by top clubs.

    Long in place of Remy would be another backwards step for us as they are of a different class

  • Sav

    Nov 17, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #12

    A great header of the ball, hard working who will occupy both centre-halves in games. Can’t help feeling there’s a formation to suit Shane Long that hasn’t been found yet. Never played at a top club which has probably harmed his stats as has his willingness to fight for the cause but no doubt he’d be a great signing. I’d rate him as even better than Gouffran, rather than comparing him with Remy.
    But if the papers are right and Cabaye is a done deal in January, then a little midfield maestro is who we need to target. Although Anita is a tidy passer and gets around the pitch, he isn’t Cabaye. We seem to have given up on Gosling and Vukic is perma-injured and not an equivalent anyway so a top class midfielder should be top of the shopping list. If Mashley is willing to hand €20 million to JFK to spend for him to buy the new Cabaye, we are about to find out just how good their friendship is.

  • lesh

    Nov 17, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #13

    Remy scores goals and may be gone in a few months.

    Long is ‘not a prolific scorer’ and we nay go after him.

    Now unless Long could be seen as a replacement for Shola, why would we have any interest in having him?

    And, what about Campbell? What about Gouffran?

    When do they play? European games??

  • lesh

    Nov 17, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #14

    Fostino @ 3…… You suggesting that Long could take over from Shola?

  • Douglas

    Nov 17, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #15

    Signing Long would confirm just how ambitious we are.

  • Sav

    Nov 17, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #16

    As it is very unlikely Newcastle would consider a bid for Remy until we find out how his rape accusation is dealt with, why all this fuss and speculation? We do know that Cabaye wants to leave and possibly even in January (whereas we have Remy until summer unless Her Majesty wants him, too). So is a central midfielder of supreme quality not more pressing right now?


    Nov 17, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #17

    Long can run the channels & hold the play up he’s not that tall but still wins loads of aerial battles, he’ll work his ass off for the team. no i would hate him at the toon forget it haha.

  • AmericanMagpie

    Nov 17, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #18

    I like Shane. He’s a good little player. By no means is he an elite player. Definitely not a long term option up front. But he could fill a role.

  • Brutooon

    Nov 17, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #19

    he would be a good signing because we need backup/competition to Cisse.

    Ameobi cant play full 90 mins

    Remy is still on loan

  • Sav

    Nov 18, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    Comment #20

    Shane Long is like Bellamy with a neck, a pair of b***s and without a steaming pat of thuggery the Welsh midget is continually stepping into.

  • Mag52

    Nov 18, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #21

    Yes of course we should go for Shane Long if he becomes available. He’s the tough, possibly journeyman, sort of player a club like ours, with no huge ambitions in the game, needs.
    He’ll run his socks off, won’t throw a strop if he’s not always first choice striker. A bit like Willo in fact, and, sad to say, those two stalwarts Perch and Simmons who would have strengthened our present squad considerably had we kept them.

  • He cannit see man

    Nov 18, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #22

    For around 3 million long would be a decent signing, not an amazing striker but can definitely do a job at Newcastle. Similar to Gouffran with regards to work rate, he can certainly tire out defence and bag himself a couple of goals too.

  • nufc 11

    Nov 18, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #23

    I would be over the moon if we signed him. If people think goufi is a work horse he is notting compared to Shane Long the amount of ground he covers in a game is crazy, makes runs, blocks down shots makes life hell for defenders as JT will testify recently and gets the odd goal to still young and can improve at the right club its a no brainer IMO.

  • Robby Bobson

    Nov 18, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #24

    I like long, has pace and works very hard. If we could get him for 3-4 million would be great business.

    I remember colocinni having a torrid time against him.


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