News last night that Southampton – after paying £10M for former Newcastle goalkeeper Fraser Forster who was worth only £2M two yeas ago when he left Newcastle, have now agreed to pay Hull City £12M for Ireland International striker Shane Long.
Shane Long – is this player worth £12M?
Shane has certainly started to move around recently, and he only joined Hull City in January for a fee thought to be around £5M, and when he joined West Brom from Reading in this summer of 2011, that fee was around £4.5M.
So Southampton are acting as if they have sold all their good players this summer for big bucks, and they have money to burn.
But come to think of it, Southampton have sold all their good players this summer for big bucks. and they do have money to burn.
And it shows that British based players, like Fraser Forster, Shane Long and others, have a fairly big premium in the transfer market, not to mention their wages.
There is no way that Shane Long is worth twice what Newcastle paid pit for Siem de Jong (£6M) or Manu Riviere (£6M), and at Hull Long scored 4 goals in 17 total appearances.
And while at West Brom, he also averaged about one goal every four appearances with 22 goals in 87 games.
Shane and his representatives will now be trying to quickly work out how much a £12M pllayer should get in wages.
Some clubs seem to be less than savvy in the transfer market – like Fulham paying out £10M for Leeds United striker Ross McCormack, and Ross has never played in the Premier League, and will not do that next season at Fulham either.
The transfer market for British-based players (we’ll include Shane in this general term – although he was born in Gortnahoe, County Tipperary, Ireland) seems to have just gone crazy with the Saints willing to pay out £22M for Fraser Forster and Shane Long in the past week.
And to think that Newcastle have brought in nine good players for about £35M in total this summer – and that includes three Englishman and four full Internationals.
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