Will West Brom’s Shane Long join Nikica Jelavic at Hull before Norwich City trip?

Shane Long in action for West Brom. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Shane Long in action for West Brom. Picture: Nick Potts/PA

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
6:30 AM

The Tigers of Hull City could have a freshly sharpened set of teeth for their Premier League clash with Norwich City on Saturday.

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Shane Long goals

December 13, 2008: Shane Long scores once as Norwich City lose 2-0 at Reading.

April 27, 2009: Long scores both goals as Reading win 2-0 at Carrow Road.

November 13, 2010: The Irishman is on target for Reading again, in a 3-3 draw at the Madejski Stadium.

February 12, 2011: Long scores as Reading lose 2-1 at Norwich.

January 14, 2012: The striker was on target against City again, for West Brom this time, as the Canaries won 2-1 at The Hawthorns.

Hull have already secured the signing of Everton striker Nikica Jelavic and are hoping to sign another forward ahead of their visit to Carrow Road, one with a formidable scoring record against the Canaries, Shane Long.

Negotiations for Long’s transfer are reported to have already taken place at boardroom level, but no fee has yet been agreed.

It looked like Hull were going to complete an audacious double transfer swoop until the Long move was put on hold yesterday.

It is thought that new Baggies boss Pepe Mel has asked to assess his squad in training before making a decision on whether to let the Ireland international leave the Hawthorns.

Canaries supporters will be hoping that situation doesn’t change ahead of Saturday’s match, as Long has a record of six goals in 11 games against Norwich, although hasn’t scored in his last four matches against the Canaries.

The 26-year-old’s contract at West Brom runs out this summer.

Whether Long signs or not, Croatia international Jelavic looks set to go straight into battle with the Canaries after the final details of his £6.5m switch to the KC Stadium were sorted out yesterday.

The 28-year-old former Rangers man is thought to have moved for £5.5m, with Everton due another £1m if Hull manage to avoid relegation this season.

Jelavic insists a move to Hull suits him after talking over the transfer with Tigers manager Steve Bruce.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has allowed Jelavic to leave to help his World Cup fortunes as the striker has been reduced to a bit-part player at Goodison Park after the loan signing of Romelu Lukaku.

“Steve Bruce called me and told me that he wants me in his team as a leading attacker,” Jelavic told Croatian newspaper Jutarnji list.

“He asked me if I’m ready to move, then talked briefly about the club, his coaching philosophy and about the club’s goals.

“He was very confident during that conversation and after that I agreed to move to Hull City.

“The club suits me and I’m happy that the clubs have found an agreement for my transfer.”

It is expected that Hull and West Brom will agree a similar £6m fee for Long, although it remains to be seen if the Irishman will agree terms with the Tigers.

Long played the full 90 minutes for the Baggies in their 1-0 defeat at Southampton on Saturday but has only found the back of the net four times so far this season.

His time at Albion looked to be up in September when the club agreed a deal with Hull, only for the transfer-deadline day move to collapse.

After the Southampton match Long was keen to play down any talk of a January departure.

“All I know is that there are plenty of rumours,” Long said.

“But no one has said anything to me and unless something happens in the next couple of weeks I am just concentrating on giving everything to West Brom.”

3 comments

  • Shane Long's won me a fair few £ over the years in bets. Personal joke with one of my fellow Season ticket holders. Back when he was at Reading our mate made such a big deal out of saying how awful Shane Long was....since then hes made a habit of scoring against us. Hopefully that trends goes away with Hull. Jelavic however....if that cheating so & so even thinks about diving in front of me again in front of the lower barclaysnake pit area of the ground I will jump the rail and personal leg drop of doom him in true Hulk Hogan style.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Honestly, im utterly bricking my yearly visit to Villa Park with the lads now. Every year we turn up there an meet with friends who put us up for the night. There huge villa fans and there always really welcoming but thats usually because they roll us over and even more so now they have our old boss. Just destiny Holt will score and we will have to spend the night in birmingham, walsall, sutton coldfield or where ever we end up this time having the proverbial 'P' taken out of us all night, almost as if we NCFC fans haven't had our pants pulled down an the micky taken out of us enough.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Just wait until Holty welcomes us to the Holte End at Villa Park. Hoots could be buried on Bodymoor Heath. Assuming he`s still our manager by then.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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