Many reports today are suggesting that Liverpool are targeting Reading striker Shane Long to join the club this summer and provide backup for Suarez and Carroll. Long managed to score 28 goals last season for Reading in the Championship but that was not enough to help Reading back into the Premier League. Now based on that form, West Ham have reportedly put in a £4million bid for the 24-year-old but it was rejected with Reading asking for £7million.
With Liverpool set to let David Ngog leave this summer, we need another striker in our squad but is Long the right kind of player we need? I do not think so in my opinion. The fact that he scored 28 goals in the Championship does not mean he will do the same in the Premiership. He is young talent which fits into FSG’s buying policy but there is no way he is worth £7million.
In May, Reading owner Sir John Madejski said that Celtic will have to pay around £20million to lure Shane Long to Parkhead as the Scottish club were interested in signing him.
The rumours also suggest that Liverpool have had scouts sent to look over Long who has 21 caps for Ireland.
Now would you rather have Long as the backup striker or David Ngog?
Below is a video showing highlights from last season of Long’s performances for Reading courtesy of YouTube user rydum8.