Southampton striker Shane Long has been linked with a surprise transfer to either Tottenham Hotspur or Liverpool.
The Irish Mirror reported at the weekend that the forward is interesting both teams, who are looking to strengthen during the transfer window.
Subsequently the Saints have added QPR striker Charlie Austin to the squad, increasing competition for Long's place.
Long has made only nine starts for the club in the Premier League this season, plus five substitute appearances, and has scored five goals. Three of those goals have come in his last 10 appearances.
The striker will be keen to play as regularly as possible with Euro 2016 on the horizon, but must consider that a move to either Liverpool or Tottenham may not improve his chances of starting each week, even making it harder.
Both teams need a striker, with Spurs needing back up for top scorer Harry Kane. Liverpool have Daniel Sturridge, Danny Ings and Divock Origi out injured, and Christian Benteke has failed to win over Jurgen Klopp, left on the bench for their recent big games at home to Arsenal and Manchester United.
Liverpool particularly have a track record of signing Southampton players, and while Long is a good player, he may be more of a Brendan Rodgers addition than a Jurgen Klopp signing.
Here is a look at how fans from both clubs reacted on Twitter to the transfer speculation...
Austin at Saints now so I can see Long and his first team play restricted. Would love to see him at WHL! #COYS— Football Ultra (@aaronpatel97) January 17, 2016
Throwing it out there... I'd take Shane Long as a backup forward now Austin's at Southampton #coys— Marcus Farrell (@gimamjf) January 17, 2016
Not signing Inaki Williams for £15.3m but signing Shane Long for £8m would literally be the most Liverpool thing you could possibly do #LFC— J.C (@MakeUsDreamLFC5) January 16, 2016
If the Shane Long rumours are true, #LFC have learned nothing about transfers from the last 6 years.— Jonathan D. Wilfred (@jdwbirch) January 16, 2016
Shane Long. The Irish Borini. Simple.Not #LFC quality.— Firminology (@Firmino_ynwa) January 16, 2016
Shane Long on a loan maybe for 6 months. But we should do better otherwise #LFC— Brad Hunter (@Bradthelucas21) January 15, 2016
I'd be over the moon if we signed Shane Long, abso love the guy, think he would do quite well for us aswell #LFC— Colum Carville (@columc123) January 15, 2016