West Brom striker Shane Long has insisted he would like to stay at the club and is ready for action if on loan forward Romelu Lukaku leaves.

Long claims he is not worried about his contract talks despite having only a year remaining on his current agreement and contract talks going on for months, without a breakthrough.

Long has scored 19 goals for the Baggies since joining the club from Reading in August 2011.

He told reporters: “I’m very happy there. I fully intend to stay but we will talk about contract situations and see what happens.

“The new manager has come in this year and he has built a team that’s competitive in the Premier League.

“There are a few lads up in the air about contracts and it will be interesting to see what happens over the summer."

Long recently scored Ireland's goal in their 1-1 draw with England at Wembley but he wasn't always first choice at West Brom this season.

The 26-year-old had to share the forward role with on loan striker Romelu Lukaku, with West Brom preferring to play just one up top.

Lukaku has had a successful loan spell at the Hawthorns from Chelsea and there is much speculation as to where the Belgian will be next season.

Long added: “Will Romelu be back? I don’t know. We could be low on a few strikers next year.

"He scored 17 goals and it’s going to be hard to replace. Maybe it’s my time to step up to the plate.”

In comparison, Long scored 11 goals this season, with eight of them being in the Premier League.


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