West Brom hitman could leave in January

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Shane Long admits that his future may lie away from West Bromwich Albion - as contract talks stalled between the striker and the Midlands club.

The 26-year-old was the subject of a bid from Hull City on transfer deadline day in the summer, but a deal could not be agreed.

The striker, who struck his first of the season in a two-all draw with Chelsea last weekend, said that he would be more than happy to stay at the Hawthorns if he was able to, telling Sky Sports News: "I have always been wanted there. The gaffer said he wants me, I am a big part of his plans and I enjoy playing for him as well."

However, the Republic of Ireland international admitted: "I am just concentrating on my football at West Brom and if a new contract doesn't get sorted out, then I'll have to look at pastures new."

Long has netted just 17 league goals in 71 Premier League games for Steve Clarke's team, and with the talented Saido Berahino and Matej Vydra now at the club, along with Victor Anichebe and Nicolas Anelka, Long may well find his chances limited this season.

Hull may well be a perfect fit for Long though, with the Tigers strikeforce failing to hit the Premier League in style, with Yannick Sagbo holding the best record with 2 goals in 9 appearances.

Bruce is rumoured to be keen to go back in for the star, and The Mirror suggested a £6.5million bid may be on the cards in January. That would become City's most expensive purchase, surpassing the £5.5million they forked out for Tom Huddlestone in the summer

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