West Ham up the ante with bid to fend off Premier League suitors

West Ham United have reportedly upped their offer for Reading’s Irish international striker Shane Long according to reports in The Guardian, after their first approach was rejected.

It was thought the Hammers initially offered Reading £5 million, with £3 million coming in add-ons, however it is understood Reading wanted a guaranteed £7 million – a price West Ham are reluctant to go to, as the player only has one year remaining on his contract. New West Ham boss Sam Allardyce looks desperate to capture the 24-year old and is thought to have returned with an offer approaching Reading’s valuation.

With rumours that some Premier League clubs are sniffing round the Republic of Ireland striker, including West Brom and even Liverpool, Reading may decide to hold out for a better offer.