Pundit Tony Cascarino explains reason why Shane Long should snub Tottenham this summer

Southampton's Shane Long celebrates scoring their first goal

Southampton striker Shane Long has been linked with Tottenham.

Tottenham Hotspur's Danny Rose in action with Southampton's Shane LongTottenham Hotspur's Danny Rose in action with Southampton's Shane Long

Pundit Tony Cascarino has told The Sun that whilst Shane Long would be superb cover for Harry Kane at Tottenham, he doesn't think it would be the right move for the Southampton striker.

Long, 29, has been an underrated Premier League player for some time now, as he contributed with goals for West Brom, Hull City and now Southampton.

Southampton's Shane Long celebrates scoring their first goal

The Irishman enjoyed a superb end to the season, and finished the campaign with 13 goals in all competitions having thrived under Ronald Koeman.

Ahead of the European Championships in France this summer, Long has been the subject of some transfer speculation, as The Mirror noted that Liverpool and Tottenham are both keen to sign him.

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

Speculation has been rife that Spurs could make a move since manager Mauricio Pochettino was spotted alongside Long's agent Pat Dolan at last week's Republic of Ireland v Netherlands clash in Dublin.

Spurs desperately need to find a new striker to offer some cover and competition for Harry Kane, and Long's pace and hard work make him a viable candidate - but one pundit has suggested he should stay where he is rather than move to North London.

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

Former Republic of Ireland striker Tony Cascarino has told The Scottish Sun that whilst Long would be a great option for Spurs, he doesn't think the striker should move to White Hart Lane because he wouldn't be guaranteed regular first-team football.

"Shane Long is gearing up to have a fine European Championships," said Cascarino. "And it would be no surprise to see him on the move again this summer, after Mauricio Pochettino was spotted at the Aviva Stadium sitting beside his representative Pat Dolan."

"I don’t know if Pochettino was in Dublin to look at him but if anything was to happen to Harry Kane, then Shane would be a great option. But, having had to bide his time to become a regular at Southampton, I’m not sure going to a club where he is unlikely to start every week would be a good move," he added.

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