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Liverpool and Spurs rumoured to be targeting Ireland striker Shane Long

Tom Rooney

Published 15/01/2016 | 10:47

Ireland's Shane Long
Ireland's Shane Long

Following his mid-week goal heroics for Southampton, Republic of Ireland striker Shane Long has, once again, been linked with a move to one of the Premier League’s heavyweights.

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The Irish Daily Star this morning suggest that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and Spurs’ Mauricio Pochettino are keen on acquiring the Tipperary native before the end of the current transfer window to bolster their shallow attacking options.

Long, who moved to Southampton from Hull on a four-deal in August 2014, opened the scoring in his side's vital 2-0 win over Watford on Wednesday night, has generally been deployed on the flanks by Ronald Koeman and is said be anxious for more game time as an orthodox centre forward.

Liverpool’s injury hex has most notably drained their defensive resources, though the Reds’ attacking corps is far from extensive.

Danny Ings is unlikely to return before season’s end due to an ACL injury, Daniel Sturridge remains a permanent fixture on the physiotherapists’ table, while the lumbering Christian Benteke has struggled to acclimatise to the Klopp regime.

For Spurs, who have become increasingly dependent on Harry Kane for goals, an additional source of scoring seems imperative if they are to maintain their charge for a Champions League spot.

Long’s industrious, energetic style would ideally suit the high pressing, intense manner both Klopp and Pochettino favour. However, it is unlikely the 28-year-old – currently on eight goals for the campaign thus far – would be viewed as prolific enough to be either man’s first choice striker.

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