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West Brom To Offer Shane Long New Deal To Stay At The Hawthorns

by Bernard Thompson

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Republic forward was within hours of joining Hull on Monday. 

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West Bromwich Albion will sit down shortly with front man Shane Long to discuss extending his stay at the Hawthorns after the Irishman’s expected move to Hull City fell through at the very last minute on transfer deadline day, according to reports in the Birmingham Mail.

The 26-year-old had looked set to move to the newly promoted Premier League side after the Tigers had seen a club-record offer of £6.5m for Long accepted by the Baggies on Monday afternoon.

Long then flew from the Republic of Ireland training camp, where he was preparing for their upcoming Fifa World Cup qualifying double header, to Leeds Bradford airport in a private jet laid on by Hull, before successfully undergoing a medical and agreeing personal terms with Tigers head coach Steve Bruce.

However, with only hours to go until the summer transfer window slammed shut for business for the year at 11pm on Monday, West Brom then decided to suddenly pull the plug on the transfer after failing to re-sign Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku on a season-long loan to replace the Republic of Ireland international, with the Belgium joining Everton instead this season.

All of which now means that West Brom boss Steve Clarke will try to get Long to put pen to paper on a new deal to remain in the Midlands beyond the end of his current contract with the club, which expires in June, with the Baggies desperate not to allow the forward to leave on a free next summer.

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