Yesterday it was reported that Shane Long had refused the initial contract offer sent his way by West Bromwich Albion … paving the way for an exit next summer.
The Baggies insist that their in-form striker will not be leaving in January, despite his current contract expiring next summer, but their hopes of securing him to a new deal appear to have taken a blow.
It is reported that he wants to double his wages from the apparent £20k-a-week he currently receives to £40k-a-week and feels he could get paid that total elsewhere.
Long was almost sold to Hull City in the summer, and despite his obvious talent, still doesn’t find the back of the net enough.
But plenty of teams will still be loitering for his signature this winter and into the summer.
We take a look at five possible destinations…
Alan Pardew has already made it clear that he is interested in the player - to add some cover in the striking positions.
The Toon Army currently have Loic Remy as their front-line striker, but he is on loan from QPR, while Papiss Cisse is out of form and Shola Ameobi injury prone.
A central striker is needed and long fits the bill.
This one is more of a surprise inclusion but Brendan Rodgers needs a new striker to act as back-up to Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge.
Rodgers knows Long from their time at Reading together and he could be a cost efficient and clever signing on Anfield.
The Tigers made a move for the player in the summer and are still looking at striker options. Filip Djordevic did not impress Steve Bruce in midweek with a missed penalty so perhaps they could revisit the Long possibility.
Being of Irish nationality Celtic will always get mentioned with an interest in the player. It would give him the chance to potentially play Champions League football - although playing in the SPL might not appeal to him.
The Toffees are another team being linked with him. Arouna Kone is injured, Romelu Lukaku only a loan player and Nikica Jelavic out of form.
Might be a steal from Roberto Martinez to unite him with Irish team-mates Darron Gibson, James McCarthy and Seamus Coleman.
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