Here in the Football Transfer Tavern we cannot help but express just a little bit of surprise at the news that Shane Long is becoming one of the hottest properties in Europe with a host of teams lusting after the West Bromwich Albion striker and according to the Daily Mail they are top notch to boot.
The forward has been in very good form of late and has been a pivotal part in the success Steve Clarke’s side have come by this season. Obviously this means that more clubs will be looking at the striker and with this acclaim, he has come in for some serious attention.
Spanish giants Sevilla are sniffing around the player whose contract is up at the end of next season and are considering making a serious approach for the 26-year-old. Not only has Long attracted glances from Spain, but in Serie A, former suitors of Frank Lampard, Lazio have been making eyes at the player too who only cost £6.5 million from Reading in 2011.
Lazio were the first to move in what could turn into a very interesting saga, with an approach being made in the January transfer window – well so the Daily Mail claim, and are set to try again. For their part, West Brom are keen to keep hold of the player and want to take up the option of a 12 month extension on Long’s current contract with the Irishman bagging 16 goals in 58 games for The Hawthorns-based outfit.