Sunday, December 02, 2012

Rodgers Targets Long For Liverpool

Liverpool is set to launch a £12million January bid for striker Shane Long.

Even though West Bromwich Albion are riding high in the Premier League – and even though Long, 25, still has two-and-a-half years left on his contract – the striker would jump at the chance to move to Anfield.

Brendan Rodgers remains a fan of Long’s from his time managing Reading and the fact the Reds made a bid to sign him when Kenny Dalglish was in charge shows they have serious intentions.

Anfield chiefs have let Long’s advisors know they are interested, especially as his £25K-a-week wages fit well within their tight budget.

And the Irishman’s advisor, Pat Dolan, is fully aware of Liverpool’s desire to get him on board, having listened to their sales pitch in 2011.

But he also knows West Brom will not want to sell, especially as Long’s fitness fits perfectly into Steve Clarke’s lone-striker system.

The Republic of Ireland hitman has scored seven goals for the Baggies this term, pushing them into a European spot.

But while Long is happy at the Hawthorns he is ambitious.

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