Reading accept WBA’s Long offer

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Updated: August 8, 2011

The long running (no pun intended) saga of Shane Long’s next destination appears to be coming to an end with reports emerging in England suggesting that West Brom have had a bid accepted by Reading.

Talks took place between the Baggies and Long’s advisors over the weekend with a fee believed to have agreed a fee of between £6million and £7m agreed.

The prospect of a move for Long first emerged last month and if the sums are correct the deal would surpass the £4.7m Albion paid Real Mallorca for Spanish midfielder Borja Valero three years ago.

Should Hodgson complete the deal then it will be first outlay of cash the club has made this summer with Gareth McAuley, Zoltan Gera and Billy Jones all arriving on Bosman free transfers while Ben Foster joined on loan from Birmingham.

Long, who could make his debut against Manchester United, has also been linked with Celtic, Everton and Newcastle while West Ham recently failed with a bid for the Tipperary man.

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