As Ronald Koeman continues to rebuild his Southampton squad this summer, the Dutchman has lined up a shock bid for Hull City’s, Shane Long, according to reports in the English press. The Irish striker has only been at the Tigers for 6 months following a move from West Brom in January.
Southampton are preparing to pay £12 million to secure Long’s services, a figure which represents a £5.5 million profit for Hull. Steve Bruce nabbed the forward for £7.5 million in the winter transfer window, but looks set to score a rapid, sizeable profit on him.
Long will be brought into the Saints fold to play as a striker partner for Graziano Pelle. Another south coast new boy, Pelle was brought in at an earlier point in the summer, as Koeman was keen on a reunion with his former player. Pelle played under Koeman at Feyenoord, where he proved very effective in front of goal.
Long has shown that he can score goals in the Premier League with West Brom and Hull before now, netting 4 times in 15 top flight appearances for Steve Bruce’s men last year. Clearly the Southampton offer is too tempting to turn down for Bruce, however, who will look to earn back some of the money that he has spent in the transfer window so far.