Sunday 28 May 2017

Long in big demand as Reading hold out for £10m

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

reading have received enquiries from four Premier League clubs about Ireland striker Shane Long.

But the Championship club are holding out until their £10m asking price is met.

West Bromwich Albion, Everton, Newcastle United and Sunderland have all been linked with the Tipperary native in recent weeks and he looks set to leave the Madejski Stadium this month. Long scored 25 goals for the Royals last season as they just missed out on promotion.

Meanwhile, Manchester ity manager Roberto Mancini has acknowledged for the first time that UEFA's financial fair play (FFP) regulation is impacting on his club's transfer-market business this summer -- a marked change in personal perspective which had seemed for weeks to be at odds with his club's desire to rein in spending.

Ahead of a week in which loaned players the club badly needs off its payroll -- including Emmanuel Adebayor, Craig Bellamy and Wayne Bridge -- are due back at Carrington, Mancini said "financial fair play is for everyone" and that City would not "do what everyone thinks we will and pay £10m more than other clubs" for players.

Mancini appears to have been persuaded of the realities of the new financial landscape by chief executive Garry Cook, who knows better than any at City that 2011-12 brings the start of the three-year monitoring period of FFP, during which clubs may post no more than £45m aggregate losses.

Bellamy wants to have his £90,000-a-week contract written off, but that is unthinkable to City, whose balance sheet does not need a £14m write-off.

Blackburn Rovers may possibly be willing to take on Bellamy's pay demands but they are as prohibitive as Adebayor's £165,000-a-week earnings.

Irish Independent

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