West Bromwich Albion technical director Richard Garlick has blamed Hull City for the breakdown that saw a deadline day deal for Shane Long fall through.
Hull City announced yesterday that the deal did not go ahead after West Brom failed to sign a replacement for the Ireland international, however, according to The Star, Baggies technical director Garlick believes this is not the case.
"Hull contacted us on Monday and tabled an acceptable offer for Shane. Hull then informed us they could not finance the deal they had tabled and wanted to reduce it to a level that the club would never have accepted in the first place," he said.
The proposed deal for the striker was believed to be around £5.5 million and although West Brom had recruited Stephane Sessegnon from Sunderland and Victor Anichebe from Everton, the west Midlands club supposedly didn't even want to sell Long.
"Given that Shane was a player we were not looking to sell, we ended all negotiations there and then," he concluded.
West Brom also added veteran striker Nicholas Anelka to their forward line over the summer but the Baggies sit bottom of the table and will need their new additions to turn the club's form around.
Now reports are suggesting that West Brom manager Steve Clarke is keen to tie Long down to a new contract after a stalemate in talks prompted the offer from Hull.
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