Liverpool plot surprise £5m hitman swoop

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Liverpool are being linked with a shock move for Reading forward Shane Long.

The Championship hotshot has been in fine form this term, and also impressed at international level after earning a regular spot in the Republic of Ireland national side.

An integral part of the Royals' promotion push, Long is set to start up-fron against Cardiff in the play-offs tomorrow, with Brian McDermott's side biding for a place in the Barclays Premier League.

TalkSPORT claim Liverpool are keeping a close eye on the player, and have been monitoring his progress at the Madejski Stadium over recent months.

The same website claimed Kenny Dalglish was interested in the player only a few months ago, and it's now claimed that Liverpool are considering a £5 million bid for the striker.

Should the Berkshire side secure promotion, Liverpool may have to dig deeper into their pockets to secure the player's services as the Merseysiders look for a back-up forward.


After spending big on Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez in January, Dalglish is thought to be keen on adding another attacker at Anfield in the summer transfer window.

Former Cork City striker Long appears to be one of a handful of potential targets, and could get his dream chance in the top flight with Liverpool even if his current club fail to secure a passage through the play-offs.

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