Report: Shane Long to receive new Southampton contract offer to block Liverpool and Spurs interest

Southampton's Shane Long celebrates scoring their first goal

Southampton will reportedly offer a new contract to striker Shane Long.

Southampton's Shane Long scores their first goalSouthampton's Shane Long scores

According to The Mirror, Southampton will offer a new contract to striker Shane Long this summer to fend off Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.

Long, 29, was seen as a questionable signing for Southampton back in the summer of 2014, with BBC Sport reporting that the Saints forked out a huge £12m to land him from Hull City. 

Shane Long scores the first goal for SouthamptonShane Long scores for Southampton

With just seven goals in all competitions last season, Southampton's decision to spend so much money on the Irishman seemed like a poor one - but they have reaped the rewards this past season.

Having hit 13 goals this time around, Long has impressed under Ronald Koeman, and with ten Premier League goals, he has enjoyed his best season as a top flight player.

Republic of Ireland's Shane Long and Netherlands' Jeffrey BrumaRepublic of Ireland's Shane Long and Netherlands' Jeffrey Bruma

Now though, Long appears to be attracting interest. His pace, work rate and aerial ability have caught the eye of Premier League rivals, with The Mirror reporting that Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has an interest in signing Long.

Meanwhile, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp - who allegedly failed in a move for Long in January - is also believed to be a big fan of Long, prompting a response from Southampton.

Southampton's Shane Long celebrates scoring their first goalSouthampton's Shane Long celebrates scoring

The Mirror claim that Long is set to be offered a bumper new contract to stay on the South Coast, blocking the interest from Liverpool and Spurs in the process.

After such a strong season, Long will feel that he has earned his new deal - and once that is signed, he can focus on impressing for the Republic of Ireland at this summer's European Championships.

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