According to the Birmingham Mail, Steve Bruce has identified Southampton striker Shane Long as a potential solution to the ongoing striker crisis at Villa Park.
Jonathan Kodjia has started the club’s first three Championship matches up top, with academy graduate Rushian Hepburn-Murphy getting the nod from Steve Bruce in the Carabao Cup win over Yeovil.
But with injuries a problem for Bruce, the Birmingham Mail reports that he is desperate to sign another striker before the loan window shuts on August 31. The same publication reports that Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham is his number one target, with Shane Long also being considered.
Mark Hughes left the 31-year-old Irishman out of the Saints squad on the opening day of the season before giving him 30 minutes as a substitute against Everton.
Villa fans on Twitter were buzzing with the rumours and were urging the club and Bruce to sign him. Check out some of the best reactions from fans below.
Good player, works hard, knows where the goal is but just needs some confidence to find it. Would love to see him at Villa.
— Punjab Police (@Bhangra_Machine) August 20, 2018
Shane Long would be a decent signing, I’ve watched him for years score goals against us, would be nice to see him score for us! #avfc
— Norwich Lion (@AV_Raider) 21 August 2018
— Shane O'Brien (@ShaneOBrien005) August 20, 2018
Shane long would bang the goals in to. Cracking little player #avfc
— Harry Johnson (@avfc_johnson) August 20, 2018
That would suit Bruce’s ideas perfectly, fitter than a butchers dog, can run all day
— Paul hemming (@paulskip999) August 16, 2018
Buzzing if the Shane Long rumours are true #avfc
— Tom Russ (@Russki2013) August 16, 2018