He may not be the biggest name, though the Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern have reacted to delight at the latest Euro 2016 forward they’ve been linked with.
That’s because, according to the Irish Independent, the Reds and Leicester City will go head-to-head in a battle to land Southampton striker Shane Long,
The Republic of Ireland striker has been in fantastic form on the South Coast for the past few months, emerging as a continually probing nuisance to defences as well as a palpable goal threat.
The Merseyside giants have had a mixed time in buying players from Southampton in recent seasons, having purchased the likes of Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Nathaniel Clyne and Dejan Lovern over the past two years.
England internationals Clyne and Lallana have established themselves as regulars, while the other two have had difficult times of it at Anfield.
His naturally highly energetic game would seemingly be a good fit for either side, though the Foxes are thought to have contacted intermediaries over a potential deal.
While Jamie Vardy is the star striker at the King Power Stadium, they are believed to view the 29-year old Saints ace as an ideal alternative ahead of their Champions League adventure.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is also understood to have run the rule over the former Hull City forward as he plots his transfer moves ahead of his first summer in charge at Anfield.
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