SHANE LONG is staying at West Brom as a proposed £5million move to Hull City is off the agenda.
Reports in England late last night suggested that the Ireland international was on his way to Hull to complete a medical and secure a move to Steve Bruce's side, a deal that would have seen Long join his compatriots Robbie Brady, David Meyler, Paul McShane and Stephen Quinn in the Tigers squad.
But Hull today stated that, while there had been talks between the two clubs, any deal was now off the table.
"Contrary to reports in the media this morning, the club confirms that it has not reached any agreement with West Bromwich Albion over the transfer of striker Shane Long, and as such will not be conducting a medical with the player today," Hull said in a statement on their website.
Long almost joined Hull in the last transfer window, only for the deal to collapse at the last minute after the player had left the Ireland camp to travel to Hull for contract talks and a medical.
Tigers boss Steve Bruce must now decide whether to try and revive the deal or move on to another target.
Norwich midfielder Wes Hoolahan has also been told he's going nowhere despite reportedly handing in a transfer request in a bid to force a move to Aston Villa.
"We have received no transfer requests this season and have no intention of releasing any of our senior players," claimed Norwich chairman David McNally.
"Our focus this January, as with every transfer window, is very much on improving the squad."
Meanwhile Everton are still in talks with Aiden McGeady about a move from Spartak Moscow, but Toffees boss Roberto Martinez has refused to discuss any deal for the Ireland man.
"I won't talk about players at other clubs," Martinez said today.