Sources in West London are claiming that QPR are preparing a bid for the impressive Reading striker Shane Long. The striker has been in very good form for the majority of the season and the failure of Reading FC to win promotion to the Premiership means the player could be open to a switch if the right fee is offered.
Whilst the former Cork City man is not tested at Premiership level he is considered to be the full package as far as strikers go and QPR will need to be quick if they want to get their man. Long’s impressive season has not gone unnoticed but a number of clubs and there was even certain suggestions that Manchester United were also keen on the Republic of Ireland international.
With interest in Long is likely to inflate as will his price tag and there is a possibility that QPR, despite being owned by some of the wealthiest men in the world, may be priced out of the market. The QPR board had already stated that the club will not over spend and risk the financial stability of the club.
With Shane Long netting 23 goals in 47 league appearances this season on top of two goals in the FA Cup the 24 year old has, according to some newspapers, already attracted the attentions of Celtic with values quoted at the £4m mark. Whilst that sum will easily be within QPR’s range it seems it will be up to the player in question as to whether he would prefer a quick switch East to London to play in the Premier League, or head up North to test his talents against those in the Scottish League.
The player was close to leaving Reading FC during the January transfer window however bids upwards of £3.5m will surely see the striker heading for pastures new this summer despite Sir John Madejski’s touch in cheek valuation of £20m. Should QPR move quickly then a move to Loftus Road could become reality.