On tuesday evening we brought you the news that Shane Long was set to move to St Mary’s Stadium following a bid of £12m for his services by Southampton. Today, the club confirmed that the deal has been completed with Long moving from Hull City.
Republic of Ireland striker Shane Long is yet to score more than 8 goals in a Premier League season having notched that total twice in his five seasons in the top flight. He joined Hull City in January 2014 for £7.5m and played 15 times during their run-in netting 4 times and meaning this sale sees them make a £4.5m profit in just a matter of months.
He will join on a a 4-year-deal and becomes Ronald Koeman’s sixth Saint’s signing since taking the reigns at the club. He joins former Celtic goalkeeper, Italian striker Graziano Pelle, Serbian midfielder Dusan Tadic, Chelsea defender Ryan Bertrand and Inter Milan loanee Saphir Taider who will ply their trade on the South Coast this coming season. We have also linked the Southampton to centre-back Florin Gardos too who currently plays for Steaua Bucharest in Romania.
Koeman has been forced to bring in so many players because of a number of high-profile departures: with Luke Shaw joining Manchester United, Calum Chambers signing for Arsenal and Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren transferring to Liverpool. They also allowed troublesome Italian Dani Osvaldo to return to his homeland with a loan swap to Inter Milan.
Long is understandably excited by the move, telling the club website: “I’m delighted. All the hard work starts tomorrow when I get on the training pitch because I have to prove my worth… Southampton play a brand of football that’s enjoyable to watch, and I’m sure it’ll be enjoyable to play in as well.”
Is Shane Long worth £12m? What do you think?
(Picture: Southampton FC official twitter)
By Gareth Thomas | August 14th, 2014