Shane Long is set to move to West Brom, according to The Sun, in a record £7 million move.
Roy Hodgson has identified Reading striker Long as the man to fire them up the table this season and see’s him as the perfect partner for Peter Odemwingie.
Talks between the Irish strikers representatives and Albion took place over the weekend and the Premier League club are now ready to agree a fee with the Royals.
Hodgson wants the deal done as quickly as possible so he can have Long in place to make his debut against Manchester United on Sunday.
Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni believes the move will improve him as a player with the 72-year old Italian giving it his seal of approval.
Trapattoni said: “He can learn off a new manager in a better league against stronger opponents.
“This is an important step in his evolution. Roy Hodson can help Shane with different playing styles.”
If the transfer does go through it would prove to be a major coup for Albion with the player being courted by a number of clubs this summer.
They will have to be wary of late bids from the likes of Newcastle and Everton who still have Long in their crosshairs.