Liverpool In Talks to Sign £12m West Brom Striker Shane Long

Anfield side target in-form Baggies forward.

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LIVERPOOL are set to launch a £12million January bid for striker Shane Long.

Even though West Bromwich Albion are riding high in the Premier League – and even though Long, 25, still has two-and-a-half years left on his contract – the striker would jump at the chance to move to Anfield.

Brendan Rodgers remains a fan of Long’s from his time managing Reading and the fact the Reds made a bid to sign him when Kenny Dalglish was in charge shows they have serious intentions.

Anfield chiefs have let Long’s advisors know they are interested, especially as his £25K-a-week wages fit well within their tight budget.

SOURCE: Daily Star

Whilst Shane Long may not be considered a spectacular Liverpool transfer target the Irish international may well be a very useful prospect for Brendan Rodgers to pursue, as well as a realistic January purchase to help boost the Merseyside club’s threadbare striking options.

The 25 year old former Reading forward has been linked with a move to Liverpool in the recent past and has certainly upped his game over the past 12 months. His early season form has greatly helped Steve Clarke’s side to begin the campaign in excellent fashion, netting seven goals in all competitions already this term, scoring goals against both Chelsea and Man City.

Clarke would be loathed to lose the Tipperary born marksman but mat well struggle to retain the player if he is sufficiently tempted by a move to Liverpool and £12m is a fee that the Baggies may find hard to turn down for a player they spent £6.5m to sign 18 months ago.

Liverpool have over relied on Luis Suarez this term and even when fully fit, Italian Fabio Borini is still to prove himself in the English top tier and Long has shown his effectiveness at Premier League level and could well be an intelligent January target for Rodgers to set his sights on.

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