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.
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.
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