Newcastle and Stoke join striker pursuit

Newcastle United and Stoke City are the latest clubs to express an interest in West Brom forward Shane Long, according to the Daily Mirror.

The forward has been heavily linked with a move to Hull City, who had a £6.5million fee agreed on the summers deadline day, only to see the move collapse at the last minute.

Long remains top of Steve Bruces’s January shopping list, but now faces competition from Alan Pardew and Mark Hughes for the player’s signature.

However West Brom are not going to sell easily, and despite Long having just six months left on his contract, the Baggies are demanding the same £6.5million figure they agreed with Hull for the Republic of Ireland international.

That could prove a major stumbling block for Hull, with Bruce said to be only be willing to pay less than half this amount.

Bruce has identified Celtic’s Georgios Samaras as a back up, but Long remains the preferred choice.

West Brom are hopeful of keeping the former Reading forward, and are all set to offer him a new and improved deal.

But with the managerial uncertainty currently surrounding West Brom, a January move for Long looks the most likely outcome at present.

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