Steve Clarke "delighted" with Shane Long stay

West Brom's Shane Long and Everton's Leighton Baines battle for the ball on August 24, 2013
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Steve Clarke says that he is "delighted" Shane Long is still at West Bromwich Albion following the closure of the transfer window.

West Bromwich Albion boss Steve Clarke has said that Shane Long remains a "very important member" of his squad despite the club accepting a £5m bid from Hull City on transfer deadline day.

The 26-year-old had to leave the Republic of Ireland setup in order to travel to Humberside for a medical and talks with the Tigers, only for the deal to collapse late in the day.

Baggies boss Clarke has now held talks with Long, who is out of contract at the end of the season, and hopes that the former Reading striker will put pen to paper on a new deal at The Hawthorns.

"The club made a ­decision which was right for them – obviously I'm part of the club – but very quickly the bid collapsed," The Mirror quotes the Scottish coach as saying.

"Shane and his advisor need to sit down and talk with the club to try and get a resolution. Given contract talks had stalled for so long, it is possible that's why the club originally accepted the bid.

"Shane is a very, very important member of our squad. I'm delighted he's here."

Long scored 11 goals in 36 appearances in all competitions last season.

West Bromwich Albion's Scottish manager Steve Clarke awaits kick off in the English Premier League football match between West Bromwich Albion and Swansea City at The Hawthorns in West Bromwich, central England, on September 1, 2013
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