Albion reignite interest in AJ

05 July 2011 07:29
West Brom have switched their attention back to Fulham striker Andrew Johnson after Reading revealed they want £10million for Shane Long.

The Royals are still licking their wounds following their Championship play-off final defeat to Swansea last season - but are keen to hang on to star men Long and defender Matt Mills, or get top value for them if they do move on.

Albion are believed to have made an enquiry regarding the availability of Long, who netted 26 goals for Brian McDermott's men last season.

But the Royals' valuation of the 24-year-old, who joined Reading from Cork City alongside Kevin Doyle for a nominal fee back in 2005, has ruled the Baggies out of the running.

Everton, Wolves and Newcastle have also been monitoring Long's situation - but it is German giants Bayern Munich who appear to be most likely to capture his signature, and they are reportedly ready to test Reading's resolve with a £7.5million opening bid.

That is still way out of Albion's reach, with the record signing at The Hawthorns still Borja Valero, who was recruited by Tony Mowbray for £4.7million in 2008 but proved to be a massive flop in England.

So manager Roy Hodgson has reignited his interest in Fulham frontman Johnson, with an opening offer of £3million likely to land on Martin Jol's desk.

It could be a case of friends reunited at The Hawthorns in the next week as Zoltan Gera is expected to put pen to paper on a two-year contract with the Baggies, who are also hoping that David Vaughan chooses them over Sunderland, with a decision from the Blackpool star expected on Wednesday.

Source: Team_Talk