Sven confirms interest in Long

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Updated: August 2, 2011

Former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson has said he would be interested in taking Republic of Ireland international Shane Long to Leicester City as the man from Tipp looks set to stay in the Championship as interest from Premiership sides has faded.

Eriksson said he believes the transfer will be difficult as Long may yet make the move to the top flight.

“He is one on the list but he may end up in the Premier League this season, so it will be difficult, but he is one we have worked with,” said Eriksson.

The top scorer in the Championship has traditionally made the move to the top flight but Long is almost certain to start the season at Reading, who kick off their campaign against Millwall this Saturday, despite initial interest in the striker from Liverpool, Celtic, Newcastle and West Brom.

The 24 year old remains patient though, “I wouldn’t be that disappointed if nothing happened and I stayed at Reading. I’m happy here and I like playing under the manager [Brian McDermott]. I’m not dying to get out”, he said.

It looks likely that even if Long does leave Reading, who are keen to cash in the Tipperary man, he will remain in the Championship with Leicester showing interest after West Ham’s €7m bid was rejected.

Reading will sell if their €8m valuation of Long is met before the transfer window closes.

Long scored 21 goals in the league last year after joining Reading in 2005 from Damien Richardson’s Cork City.

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