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Reading reject West Ham bid for Shane Long

Reading reject West Ham bid for Long
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Reading reject a bid from West Ham for striker Shane Long.

Reading have rejected a bid for striker Shane Long from West Ham United, according to Sky Sports.

The bid was thought to be worth an initial £5m, potentially rising to £8m with add-ons.

New Hammers boss Sam Allardyce is believed to have prioritised the signing of 24-year-old Long as he looks to bring in a striker for the new season.

The Republic of Ireland international is in the final year of his contract and has expressed his wish to play in the Premier League.

He has been linked with a host of top flight outfits this summer including West Brom, Everton and Newcastle.

Reading are believed to prefer a move to the Premier League to avoid selling to a Championship rival.

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2West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom1273231171424
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4Middlesbrough12642146822
5Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest124711713419
6Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds125431918119
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19Rotherham UnitedRotherham12327919-1011
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21Reading122371520-59
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