Tigers want Albion’s Long
[one_fourth last=”no”][/one_fourth]Hull City are preparing a fresh bid for West Bromwich Albion’s Irish striker Shane Long. The Tigers previously bid for the players services in the summer transfer window after the Baggies signed a plethora of forward men, Nicolas Anelka, Stephane Sessegnon and Victor Anichebe all signing for the club. Talks were however cancelled at the last minute much to Steve Bruce’s annoyance but he does remain high on Bruce’s Christmas wish list.
The 26-year-old hit man found himself on the periphery of the first team under previous boss Steve Clarke but since Clarke’s sacking a few weeks ago, caretaker boss Keith Downing has been inclined to use him more. His contract is up in the summer but Albion can extend that by a further year so Bruce will look to use this to his advantage and lodge a £5m bid.
Long, from Tipperary in Ireland, has plenty of pace and bags of skill to go with it. He is a proven goal scorer averaging one goal every four games and despite his size, he also scores his fair share of headed goals.
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Hull are desperate to add goals their game and they see Long as the ideal solution. Bruce bought in both Yannick Sagbo and Danny Graham during the summer but so far the pair have only notched 3 goals this season and Graham will head back to Sunderland at the end of the campaign, he is currently on loan from the Black Cats. Hull have been consistent at the back this year but if they’re to avoid a relegation scrap they need someone who can put the ball in the back of the net, and fast.
Steve Bruce confirmed to Sky Sports News his interest in signing the player saying: “”If he became available, then I would love to try to do something. But we thought we had a deal on deadline day and it didn’t quite happen.”
The Republic of Ireland international is also on Nottingham Forest’s radar and wealthy chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi has sanctioned a bid for the player. Long would prefer to stay in the Premiership though and is keen on a transfer to Hull, Forest are likely to turn their attention to Sunderland’s Connor Wickham.