West Brom manager Steve Clarke insists Shane Long will remain at the Hawthorns in the January transfer window, as the Irish striker is linked with a move to Liverpool.

Reports at the weekend claimed Liverpool are considering a £12 million bid for Long in the imminent transfer period, as Brendan Rodgers strives desperately to reinforce his goalscoring department.

The Liverpool manager has just Luis Suarez as his only fully-fit senior striker, and bringing at least one more forward to Anfield next month will surely be a priority for Rodgers.

Long has been in good form this season, with the former Reading star having scored seven goals in 15 appearances during an impressive start to the campaign for the Baggies.

West Brom are currently fifth in the Premier League, six places and seven points above Liverpool, and began the season with a 3-0 triumph over the Reds.

Clarke, though, claims their is no truth in reports linking Long with a transfer to Liverpool, and says the 25-year-old will be staying with West Brom.

"It’s just lazy journalism," the former Liverpool coach told the Birmingham Mail.

"Liverpool need a striker, Shane is playing well so a lazy journalist puts it together and makes a story out of it.

"Shane is not for sale. And I’d be very surprised if Brendan Rodgers wanted to take Shane anyway.

"People are merely looking at connections and making stories out of it."

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