Reading striker Shane Long has commanded plenty of Barclays Premier League interest this summer, and is now a reported target for Liverpool according to the Daily Mail.

The 24-year-old Republic of Ireland international is rumoured to have been a summer transfer target for the Reds' Merseyside rivals Everton and West Brom.

But so far, recently relegated West Ham are the only side to have made a firm offer for the player believed to be in the region of £6million.

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce's advances were quickly knocked back by the Royals who are determined to keep hold of their prized asset ahead of the new season, but realise they may struggle to fight off interest from Liverpool.

Having scored 28 goals for Reading in the Npower Championship last season, Long's stock has risen considerably, but he is still untested in the top-tier so it would be regarded as a bit of a gamble if Liverpool were to make a bid.


Kenny Dalglish deployed scouts to run the rule over Long in the Royals' recent pre-season friendly win over Northampton, and he will have done his hopes of an Anfield switch no harm after netting two goals.

With the recruitment of both Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez in the January transfer window, Liverpool are affluent in the forward area, so Long would face strong competition for a place in the Reds' line-up.

However, he could yet become the club's fifth signing of the summer, following in the footsteps of Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam, Alexander Doni and Stewart Downing to Anfield ahead of 2011-12.

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