Steve Bruce: 'Shane Long Southampton bid too good to turn down'

Shane Long of Ireland celebrates scoring a goal during the International Friendly match between Republic of Ireland and Latvia at Aviva Stadium on November 15, 2013
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Steve Bruce says that Shane Long's transfer fee will go towards strengthening Hull City to make the club "bigger and better".

Hull City manager Steve Bruce has revealed that the club has accepted Southampton's offer for Shane Long, saying that the offer was simply too good to turn down.

The Saints are believed to have bid £12m for the striker, just seven months after he made the move to the KC Stadium for a fee in the region of £7m.

"We'd not been looking to sell Shane but it's a fantastic offer and we've decided to accept it," Bruce told the Hull Daily Mail. "The challenge is always to become bigger and better and this money will be put towards strengthening again.

"Whether you are Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi, everyone in football has got their price. Myself and the owners didn't want to lose Shane but we accept it's a very good offer, especially when you consider what we paid in January. I've got no issues."

Long has scored four goals for Hull since joining from West Bromwich Albion in January.

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