Gortnahoe Glengoole’s Shane Long could be set for a January transfer to top Premiership side Everton once the window opens.
The 26 year old Republic of Ireland striker had been linked to Steve Bruce at Hull during the summer, a move which would have seen him team up with Ireland colleague Paul McShane, but the deal fell through at the last minute.
He has also been on the wanted list of Newcastle boss Alan Pardew and could well be set for a switch to the north of England if the deal is right.
However, the smart money is on Long heading for Liverpool to join the Toffees at Goodison Park where Irish players Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy, Shane Duffy and Darren Gibson are currently in situ - Duffy is on loan to Yeovil while Gibson is recovering from cruciate knee ligament damage sustained while playing for Ireland.
But, the deciding factor for the 10 million rated Long could be the fact that he would be joining up with Roberto Martinez - a Manager he has great time for and one of the most highly rated in the English game.
Everton currently have the in-form Romelu Lukaku on loan from Chelsea, and Gerard Deulafeu on loan from Barcelona. However, the feeling is that those loan agreements could come to an end at any stage, thereby leaving a huge void in their attacking options.
That’s where Long could be seen to be key to Martinez’ plans and following his recent exploits where he bagged two superb goals against Aston Villa, he has really put himself in the shop window, especially since West Brom Boss Steve Clarke parted company with the club.
Long, who was home in Gortnahoe recently for his fathers anniversary, has scored 54 goals for West Brom, but has had an indifferent time there.
He was once described by former Tipp hurling Manager Michael ‘Babs’ Keating as ‘the one who got away’ when he elected to opt for soocer instead of hurling.
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