Shane Long in line for £8m windfall as he finally wraps up Hull switch
SHANE LONG is set to earn over £8m in wages when he agrees to put pen to paper on his protracted move to Hull City.
The Tipperary native travelled to Humberside yesterday to undergo a medical and discuss the final terms of a transfer that collapsed at the last minute in August.
Hull have agreed a fee with West Brom which will rise to the region of £7m as long as they avoid relegation this term; similar to the deal they have brokered with Everton for the capture of Nikica Jelavic.
Long will collect £8m in wages over the course of a proposed three-and-a-half-year contract. The 26-year-old attacker will move into the £45,000-a-week wage bracket, with bonuses attached, once the deal is officially completed.
West Brom have come under fire for their decision to sell Long, with their former player Kevin Phillips describing it as a "suicidal" move.
Sporting director Richard Garlick defended their position on the basis that Long had rejected two contract offers, although it is understood they were unwilling to match Hull's contract offer.
Long had just entered the final six months of his deal at the Hawthorns, although the Baggies held the option to extend it for another year. The club hierarchy made the decision to cash in.
"We began talking to Shane about a new contract last spring and, during the ongoing negotiations, we made him two offers which would have significantly increased his salary," said Garlick.
"However, despite our best endeavours, Shane has declined to sign a new contract.
"Shane effectively only has 18 months left on his deal and with him no closer to accepting our terms and then Hull making an acceptable offer, we felt it was in the club's best interests to accept the bid."
New West Brom boss Pepe Mel confirmed he was made aware of Long's imminent departure before his appointment and stressed they are capable of surviving without him.
"It (losing Long) is something I was told would be a possibility," said the Spaniard.
"But I'm absolutely certain there is enough in the squad, without Long, to stay in the Premier League. What's vital is my confidence is transmitted to the players, that they realise they are the stars of the show."
Long will join the large Irish contingent at Hull which consists of senior internationals Robbie Brady, Stephen Quinn, David Meyler, Paul McShane and U-21 international Conor Henderson. He could figure in their weekend encounter with Chris Hughton's struggling Norwich at Carrow Road.
Roy Hodgson brought Long to West Brom from Reading in the summer of 2011 and he scored 22 times in his 86 appearances for the club.
Hull boss Steve Bruce was keen to improve the club's striking situation in the January window and feels the new pair can complement each other.
Croatian attacker Jelavic is regarded as a goal poacher with Long's strong running stretching defences.