New Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood is looking to offload striker Jermain Defore and bring in West Brom's Republic of Ireland striker, Shane Long, according to the Mirror.
With England international Jermain Defoe looking to revive his career over in the MLS, Sherwood is planning a swoop for Shane Long with a bid believed to be in the region of £4million.
The Irish international has scored just three times in the Premier League this season for the Baggies and may seem a surprise target to Tottenham fans, however, Long netted 13 times in all competitions last season and could be used as an impact sub.
Former Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas spent heavily in the summer to replace Gareth Bale, resulting in Sherwood having to tread carefully around North London with his transfer spending spree this January.
The current White Hart Lane squad have failed to gel in the opening half of a topsy-turvy ;eague campaign, having brought in seven new summer signings for an outlay exceeding £100m.
Long is a cheap and reliable backup option if either Roberto Soldado or Emmanuel Adebayor pickup an injury. Long would also be a good impact sub, with his explosive pace and tireless work rate up top.
Tottenham lack a predatory striker, with £26million signing Roberto Soldado scoring the majority of his goals from the spot.
Togolese international Adebayor could be given the chance to start up front more often in the New Year after he was handed an opportunity to impress, leaping at the chance and scoring a brace in Tottenham's 3-2 win over Southampton.
If Defoe's MLS move does materialise Long could be a good replacement for the North London club, however Sherwood will have to be careful not to upset the squad harmony any more so than it already is and could perhaps do with a more prolific goalscorer.
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