By Coral Barry
Southampton are ready to offer Shane Long a new and improved deal in an attempt to fend off interest from Liverpool and Tottenham, according to a report.
Long, 29, has just produced the best season of his career after he netted 13 goals and supplied six assists in 34 appearances for the Saints.
The Republic of Ireland international has reportedly been attracting the attention of Liverpool and Tottenham, but the Daily Star claim his club have moved to tie him down to a new long-term contract.
Liverpool on the other hand are reported to have made inquiries about Long’s availability in January and it is believed Jurgen Klopp remains a big fan of the hard working attacker.
The striker scored the opener in Ireland’s draw and was in prolific form towards the end of the season as he was directly involved in six Southampton goals in the final six games of the campaign.
The Irishman was an integral part of the Premier League’s in-form side in the closing weeks of the season and has garnered a reputation as a selfless and incredibly hard working forward.
Long still has two years left to run on his current deal and if he did sign he would be the fourth Saints star to commit to the club in recent weeks.
Fraser Forster, Virgil van Dijk and James Ward-Prowse have all put pen to paper on new deals at St Mary’s.
Southampton paid around £15million for his services two years ago and are desperate to keep the core of their side together so as to improve on their sixth placed finish next season.
In other Liverpool news, a record breaking striker is reportedly keen on joining Liverpool to work with Klopp.