Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 3 September 2014

Clarke: Long not leaving

Shane Long has been linked with a move to his former club Reading

West Brom manager Steve Clarke has insisted striker Shane Long is not for sale.

Long has been the subject of speculation linking him with a move back to his former club Reading.

However, Clarke said: "There has been nothing regarding Shaun. There have been no bids and he is not for sale. His future is with us 100%."

Clarke admitted that Albion have rejected a bid - believed to be from Blackburn - for another Republic of Ireland international forward in Simon Cox.

Cox has struggled to win a first team place at The Hawthorns in the face of competition from the likes of Long, Peter Odemwingie and Marc-Antoine Fortune.

He was left out of the squad for Saturday's friendly at Barnsley.

Clarke added: "A club has put a bid in for him. It wasn't accepted but Simon didn't feel he was quite right to play."

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