SHANE Long’s future at npower Championship side Reading is in the balance after the club confirmed thay had received enquiries from four Premier League clubs about the striker.
West Bromwich Albion, Everton, Newcastle United and Sunderland have all been linked with the Tipperary native in recent weeks and he looks set to leave the Madejski Stadium this month, but the Royals are seeking £10m for his services. Long scored 25 goals for the Royals last season as they just missed out on promotion.
Meanwhile, Manchester ity manager Roberto Mancini has acknowledged for the first time that UEFA’s financial fair play (FFP) regulation is impacting on his club’s transfer-market business this summer – a marked change in personal perspective which had seemed for weeks to be at odds with his club's desire to rein in spending. Ahead of a week in which loaned players the club badly needs off its payroll – including Emmanuel Adebayor, Craig Bellamy and Wayne Bridge – are due back at Carrington, Mancini said “financial fair play is for everyone” and that City would not “do what everyone thinks we will and pay £10m more than other clubs” for players.