Hull City ambitious failed attempts to bring in Republic of Ireland striker Shane Long has left the club with a £10,000 bill.
The Premier League new boys were on course to pull off a major coup for the Tipperary man, scorer of 8 goals last season, after learning late on deadline day that his club WBA were willing to let him leave.
According to the Daily Mail Hull City boss Steve Bruce quickly agreed a £5 million deal with the Midlander’s and with the clock ticking down even arranged for Long to leave the Irish training camp to travel to Humberside for his medical via private plane.
While many have already questioned the fact that the transfer window remains open when the season has already started, the fact that so many players were away on international duty on the final day will also be surely raised as a discussion point for club chairmen over the coming weeks.
Long was no exception as he was in Dublin with the Irish team preparing for their World Cup qualifiers with Sweden and Austria.
After flying Long back to Hull and ferrying him to the club’s training ground for a medical the wheels began to fall off.
With just over an hour left on the transfer window clock Hull received a call to say that the deal had been called off with the explanation given being that WBA boss Steve Clarke had personally intervened to ensure that Long stayed at the Hawthorns, leaving Bruce disappointed and the club out of pocket.
Long’s international club-mate, Stoke star Jon Walters, hinted at the intervention by Clarke saying: ‘It would have been madness for West Brom to let him go in the first place. Maybe it’s not what the manager wanted.
‘Shane is happy. He’s been doing pretty well there in the last couple of years and I expect it will continue that way. There’s no problem with him at all. Back to the same old Shane today.’
While Ireland assistant manager Marco Tardelli, said that Long had the perfect stage to show Bruce what they missed out on and give WBA a reminder of his abilities against Sweden and Austria saying ‘Shane is a good professional player and it is an opportunity to show his West Brom coach – if he wants him to go to Hull City – that he is wrong.’