Baggies boss hopeful over new deal for striker
Steve Clarke is hoping that he can convince Shane Long to stay at West Brom for the foreseeable future.
The Mirror reported that the Baggies boss wants Ireland international, Shane Long, to stay at the club and will offer him a contract.
This comes after Long was almost offloaded to Hull City during the summer.
The 26 year old was the main story on transfer deadline day last Monday as the player was subject to a bid from Hull City as Steve Clarke made the club aware of his availability.
The Ireland international joined West Brom a couple of summers ago from Reading.
However, since his arrival he has been in less than prolific form for the club as he’s scored just 19 goals in over 60 appearances in the Premier League.
A far cry from his 23 goals and 19 assists in just 47 Championships games.
But, Clarke still sees a future in the striker and he will offer him a new contract in the coming weeks.
As previously mentioned, Long’s future at West Brom was in doubt for some time after the manager revealed his availability to other clubs.
This sparked interest from Hull City who launched a £5 million bid, however, the deal apparently fell through after it was reported that The Tigers had lowered their original bid.
Long’s contract expires at the end of the season.
The Scotsman insists that the Irishman and his agent will have to sit down with the club and discuss his future further but is still adamant that the player is important to the club and is happy that he is here.
Clarke said: “The club made a decision which was right for them – obviously I’m part of the club – but very quickly the bid collapsed.
“Shane and his advisor need to sit down and talk with the club to try and get a resolution.
“Given contract talks had stalled for so long, it is possible that’s why the club originally accepted the bid.
“Shane is a very, very important member of our squad.
“I’m delighted he’s here.”