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West Brom Keen For Shane Long To Remain At The Hawthorns

Irishman had appeared to be on the verge of joining Hull on transfer deadline day. 

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West Bromwich Albion head coach Steve Clarke wants unsettled front man Shane Long to commit his long-term future to the club by agreeing to pen to paper on a new contract at the Hawthorns, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.

The Republic of Ireland international had appeared to be on the verge of leaving the Baggies on transfer deadline day to join Premier League new boys Hull City in a deal worth over £5m.

However, the transfer collapsed in the final hours of Sept 2, despite Long having already successfully undergone both a medical with the Tigers and discussed personal terms with boss Steve Bruce over his move to the KC stadium.

And now as a result of that deal falling through at the very last minute, Long finds himself back in the Midlands with Clarke wanting the striker to agree a new contract, especially as the 26-year-old is set to become a free agent on June 30 2014.

“The club made a ­decision which was right for them – obviously I’m part of the club – but very quickly the bid collapsed,” said Clarke.

“Shane and his advisor need to sit down and talk with the club to try and get a resolution.

“Given contract talks had stalled for so long, it is possible that’s why the club originally accepted the bid.

“Shane is a very, very important member of our squad. I’m delighted he’s here.”

Long has been at West Brom for the past two campaigns now, having originally arrived at the club from Reading for a fee of 4.5m in August 2011, and the forward has managed to net 19 goals in total in 70 appearances in all competitions under Clarke in that time.

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