The Tigers came close to securing a £6m deadline day swoop for the Republic of Ireland international, but the move fell through late on.
Since then Long has returned to the Hawthorns, but he is believed to be upset by the club’s willingness to let him leave.
Although Bruce managed to secure deals for Yannick Sagbo, Danny Graham and Gedo over the summer, he is still keen to bolster his striking options.
As a result, he has hinted that a return for Long is an option.
“I am a big admirer of the boy and I saw how disappointed he was but that’s football. You never know what will happen but if he became available of course I would be interested,” Bruce told the Daily Mail.
“Obviously we were bitterly disappointed we didn’t get Shane Long which would have the icing on the cake but we thought it was really really close.
“He left the headquarters of the Irish and was not on a plane until half six and then I picked him up at Leeds Bradford at half eight and he was having a medical at nine.
“It was always West Brom’s prerogative he is their player but Shane was as disappointed as anyone. He was left high and dry but that happens in football.”
West Brom’s willingness to let Long leave the club came a s a shock to many, with the forward having been a key member of the Baggies’ squad since his 2011 arrival from Reading.
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