• Premier League

Baggies warn Reading off Long

ESPN staff
July 29, 2012
Shane Long joined West Brom from Reading © PA Photos

West Brom manager Steve Clarke has insisted striker Shane Long is not for sale, but admitted that Albion have rejected a bid - believed to be from Blackburn - for another Republic of Ireland international forward in Simon Cox.

Long has been the subject of speculation linking him with a move back to his former club Reading. But Clarke said: "There has been nothing regarding Shane. There have been no bids and he is not for sale. His future is with us 100%.''

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 the friendly at Barnsley. Clarke said: "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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