Report names Shane Long as a potential target for Everton

Southampton's Shane Long lies injured

Southampton forward Shane Long has been linked with a move to Everton in the summer transfer window.

Republic of Ireland's Shane Long dejected after the game

According to The Times, Southampton forward Shane Long could be a target for Everton in the summer transfer window.

Everton have recently appointed Ronald Koeman as their manager, and it has been reported that the Dutchman could try to sign Long from his former club Southampton.

While naming the 29-year-old Republic of Ireland international among ‘Koeman’s potential Southampton targets’, The Times claimed: “A key player for Koeman at Southampton, the Ireland centre forward flourished under the Dutchman after signing from Hull City. Could be attainable as Everton look to bolster their attacking options.”

Southampton's Shane Long lies injured

Long has been on the books of Southampton since 2014 and has a contract with the Saints until June 2018, according to

The Republic of Ireland international has a lot of Premier League experience, but he is not very prolific.

During the 2015-16 season, the forward scored 10 goals and created 32 chances in 28 Premier League appearances for Southampton.

New manager Ronald Koeman during the press conference

The former Hull City man scored five goals and created 20 chances in 32 league matches for the Saints during the 2014-15 campaign.

Long is on international duty at the moment, playing for the Republic of Ireland at the ongoing 2016 European Championship in France.

The former Reading and West Bromwich Albion forward has created one chance in one match for the Republic of Ireland at Euro 2016 so far. Long has a pass accuracy of 55%, and has won five headers and one tackle.

New manager Ronald Koeman poses with a Everton jersey after the press conference

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