Liverpool linked with a Royals swoop

Mirror Football has reported that Liverpool are lining up a shock move for Reading’s Player of the Season, Shane Long. The Republic of Ireland international has notched 21 goals for the playoff hopefuls this season and should they fail in their promotion bid, the Merseyside outfit are hoping for a cut price deal of around £5 million, as Long only has a year to run on his contract.

Despite signing Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez in the January transfer, Liverpool are expected to sign Long, as question marks over still hang over back up striker David Ngog. The Reading man has become a priority due to his value for money.

Long’s impressive record of 52 goals in 114 appearances for the Royal’s has also caught Newcastle United’s interest; should they firm up their interest with the prospect of first team football, Liverpool may face competition for the Irishman’s signature.