Hammers and Magpies' £8m striker target open to move

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Reading striker Shane Long says he would consider a move to West Ham United if his club accepted a bid from their Npower Championship rivals.

A bid of £6 million has reportedly been rejected for Long's services by Reading, who says they won't sell Long to another Championship club, leaving long term suitors Newcastle as favourites to land the forward.

But Long is happy to consider a move to east London, with Newcastle still prowling.

"I’m staying out of it and letting everybody else get on with it," said Long.

"If it was true they were interested, West Ham are a big club, so it would definitely be something for me to think about."

West Ham legend Paolo Di Canio said on Tuesday that Long should definitely consider a move to Upton Park.


"He can play at the top level and I followed him last year. He is a clever player and has great skill and ability who could play in a Premier League side," he said.

"West Ham are no longer in the Premier League, but I hope they can sign him because he is an intelligent striker. He would be a good signing for West Ham."

However, keen to sign a striker themselves, Newcastle are still in the hunt for Long after a deal for Mevlut Erdinc stalled.

Following the sale of Andy Carroll in the January transfer window, Newcastle have been devoid of a genuine No.9 and despite signing Demba Ba and still looking for a forward to spearhead their survival bid.

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