Premier League West Bromwich Albion have signed Irish striker Shane Long – as his international partner Robbie Keane admits he’s on the way out at Tottenham Hotspur.
Long and Keane will play together against Croatia on Wednesday night after suffering contrasting fortunes on the transfer front.
Tipperary native Long has signed a three year with West Brom in the English Midlands after completing a move that could be worth up to $10million to Reading, the side he joined from Cork City.
Albion boss Roy Hodgson is delighted to have signed the 24-year-old striker who could make his debut against Manchester United in the club’s opening game of the Premier League season on Sunday.
“Shane is one of the most talented young strikers outside of the Premier League and I’m delighted to welcome him to the club,” said Hodgson.
“He is a goalscorer and a hard-working player who has a very good attitude to the game.
“The great thing about him is that even though he is still only 24, he has six years’ worth of experience of Premier League, Championship and international football and has margin for improvement in his game.
“We now hope to see him fulfill that potential over the next few years at West Bromwich Albion.”
Ireland captain Keane meanwhile has admitted that he is likely to leave Spurs before the transfer window closes at the end of August.
“It’s probably likely that I will be going but I can’t really answer where to at the moment,” said Keane in Dublin ahead of the Croatia game.
“There’s obviously a lot of speculation but there’s still a couple of weeks to go and we’ll see what happens.
“I haven’t turned down anything. I think there’s a few people talking to the clubs but that’s all I can really say at the moment.
“I’m sure in the next couple of weeks it will be sorted out. It’s very unlikely anything will happen before the weekend but I will move.
“I don’t know why this story keeps coming out that I want to stay in London. I’ve never said that. I’m quite happy to go anywhere.
“For me, it’s just about playing regular football and if that’s outside London I’m not too bothered.
“Of course clubs have to agree a fee but, not being disrespectful at all to the Championship, if I got an option to play in the Premier League, I’m obviously going to take that.
“But there’s been no talk of any Championship team.”