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Reading should swoop for former hero Shane Long after £19.2m Premier League deal

Reading's Irish forward Shane Long (L) scores past Liverpool in extra time during their English FA Cup replay football match at Anfield in Liverpool, north-west England, on January 13,...

The former Reading man just dropped down the pecking order at St Mary's.

Shane Long of Southampton look dejected after the Premier League match between Watford and Southampton at Vicarage Road on January 13, 2018 in Watford, England.Shane Long of Southampton look dejected 

Southampton have made their biggest move in their fight for Premier League survival, by bringing in Guido Carrillo from Monaco. The Argentine attacker joined the club in a deal reported by ESPN to be a club record £19.2 million transfer and will hopefully fire Southampton to safety.

But his arrival will not be welcomed by Shane Long. The Irishman has been shoved down the pecking order and must surely be considering his long-term future at the club after this latest transfer.

Monaco's Argentinian forward Guido Carillo celebrates the team's second goal he scored during the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round first leg football match between BSC Young...Argentinian forward Guido Carillo celebrates 

This, should be music to the ears of Reading.

Last season the Berkshire side made it to the Championship play-off final, losing to Huddersfield Town on penalties at Wembley. But this year they have struggled. Jaap Stam’s side currently lie 18th in the table and are in a relegation battle.

One reason why they have struggled is their lack of goals and Long would be a nostalgic potential solution to that problem.

Reading's Irish forward Shane Long (L) scores past Liverpool in extra time during their English FA Cup replay football match at Anfield in Liverpool, north-west England, on January 13,...Reading's Irish forward Shane Long 

The 31-year-old joined Reading from Cork City in 2005 and spent six years at the Madejski Stadium. He was part of their record breaking 2005-06 Championship winning squad and scored 25 goals in his final full season with the Royals.

Now he has dropped won the pecking order Long, who has settled roots in the Berkshire town, would be a fantastic signing to appease the frustrated fans at the Mad Stad, whether it be a loan or permanent move.

Reading should look to the past, to maintain their Championship future.

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