Liverpool now favourites to land Championship ace

Reading’s plan to turn down Championship rivals West Ham’s bid for striker Shane Long, in hope of holding out for a Premier League offer for their front-man may come to fruition, as Liverpool are now said to be interested in the player.

Over the last few days, the media has widely reported that West Ham United had returned with an improved offer for Long, however it once again failed to meet Reading’s valuation. Yesterday’s Daily Mail indicated that Liverpool were now a surprise contender in signing the Irish international, having watched him recently in a friendly.

Reading may be willing to do business with the Premier League giants as manager Brian McDermott revealed he will not stand in the way if Long wants to join a Premier League side: ‘If a Premier League club comes in and we decide the deal is right and Shane wants to go there’s nothing we can do,’ he told Sky Sports.

Newcastle, West Brom and Everton are also said to be interested in Long but a move to Anfield would be tough to turn down for the 24-year old, who scored 28 goals last season.

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