Reading striker Shane Long returned from his latest international adventure on Wednesday uncertain over where he will be playing next season.

The 24-year-old took out his frustration over starting Saturday night's Euro 2012 qualifier in Macedonia on the bench on Italy defenders Giorgio Chiellini and Alessandro Gamberini as Republic of Ireland further enhanced their growing reputation with a famous friendly win in Liege.

Successive victories over Northern Ireland, Scotland, the Macedonians and the Italians inside 15 tough days at the end of a gruelling season may have gone some of the way towards easing the bitter sting of npower Championship play-off final defeat to Swansea.

But for Long, the summer break could represent a crossroads in his career. His 25 goals for the Royals, as well as his performances on the international stage, have alerted a series of suitors to his talent with Celtic, Newcastle and Everton among the clubs linked.


Reading boss Brian McDermott has admitted he could be powerless to prevent Long from leaving the Madejski Stadium if the right offer is made, but the player remains relaxed about the situation.

Long said: "I don't know, we'll see what happens, really. I am just going to take a few weeks out now and relax and if anything does come my way, I'll have a look at it.

"We'll see what happens."

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