Steve Bruce still hopeful of Shane Long swoop

West Brom's Shane Long in action against Southampton on August 17, 2013
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Steve Bruce says that he was "bitterly disappointed" to miss out on Shane Long on transfer deadline day, although he will continue to monitor the West Bromwich Albion striker over the coming months.

Hull City manager Steve Bruce has said that he is "bitterly disappointed" about missing out on West Bromwich Albion striker Shane Long.

The Tigers saw a £5m move collapse late on transfer deadline day, and both parties have blamed each other in the aftermath.

"I'm obviously bitterly disappointed that we didn't get Shane Long," Bruce told reporters. "That would have been the icing on the cake in terms of the squad we're trying to get together.

"We thought at one stage we were really, really close, but unfortunately it didn't happen. That's West Brom's prerogative, he's their player and they changed their mind for whatever reason.

"It would have been great for us if it happened, I'm a big admirer of the boy. I'm sure Shane is as disappointed as anyone, stuck at our training ground, left high and dry effectively."

Baggies boss Steve Clarke has since expressed his delight that Long is still a part of his squad, although his future is still in doubt as he enters the final year of his contract.

When asked if he would return for the Republic of Ireland international, Bruce replied: "You never know what will happen in the next three or four months, but if he became available again of course I would be interested."

Long has scored 19 goals in all competitions since arriving at The Hawthorns from Reading in 2011.

West Brom's Shane Long and Everton's Leighton Baines battle for the ball on August 24, 2013
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