Sunday 20 May 2018

Ronald Koeman refusing to do business over Shane Long as Liverpool target Teixeira

Shane Long Photo: Getty
Shane Long Photo: Getty
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Ronald Koeman insists that Shane Long will be going nowhere before the close of the January transfer window, with Liverpool's pursuit of Shakhtar Donetsk attacker Alex Teixeira delivering a double blow to the Irish attacker's chances of moving to Anfield.

Southampton say they will not be selling any of their attackers, despite the acquisition of Charlie Austin from QPR. Italian front man Graziano Pelle has also been the source of speculation about a move home.

News of the Liverpool link with Long alerted several other Premier League clubs with Everton, Stoke and Norwich keeping an eye on proceedings along with Spurs. However, Koeman has attempted to close the door on the discussion.

"It's the same answer," said the Saints boss. "We brought one player in and nobody will go out and I keep that until January 31 because you know my answer. Maybe I have to repeat it 80 times more but if you like it, I will do it."

Liverpool are actively pursuing reinforcements in the forward department and they have made a bid for the talented Brazilian Teixeira, with chief executive Ian Ayre flying to the Ukrainian side's training camp in Florida with a view to completing a deal.

Reports in England suggest that the Reds have made an initial £24m offer, with Shakhtar holding out for more.

Ironically, the 26-year-old has sustained a hamstring injury in the US - the problem that has dogged Jurgen Klopp's squad this season. But coach Mircea Lucescu says it's not a serious problem.

Irish Independent

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