Reading boss Brian McDermott has said he believes that Shane Long is good enough to play in the Premiership, but insisted that any deal had to be right for both player and club.
Celtic and Newcastle United were both interested in the striker but were not prepared to pay the Championship side’s price tag of £8million. West Brom were also understood to be monitoring the situation but again the fee became an issue.
“I said to Shane back in January, if we don’t go up I’ll do the best I can to make sure, if a Premiership club comes in, and the deal is right, I will have to do right by you,” McDermott said.
“Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t want it to happen.
“As far as I am concerned Shane is the best striker in the Championship – he could play for anyone in the Premier League.
“Shane is not desperate to walk away, he loves Reading. His mum comes to all the games, he’s well looked after, he thinks the world of this team.
“I made a promise to Shane last season when I asked him to give us one more season.
“I said let’s see if we can get ourselves into the Premier League and then we’ll see what happens this season.
“He’s got a year to go on his contract and I have said to him that if the right move comes along I can’t stand in his way.”