Shane Long has agreed a new Southampton contract and an announcement from the club is imminent, Football Insider can reveal.

The Saints have moved to tie down the striker, 33, whose current deal is due to expire in the summer.

A Southampton source has told Football Insider that Long has agreed new two-and-a-half year contract that will run until 2022.

The extension will keep the Republic of Ireland international at St Mary’s Stadium until he is 35.

It is a reward for his impressive recent form as part of a two-pronged attack with man-of-the-moment Danny Ings.

Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl is a big admirer of Long and how his movement, quick feet and running has helped create space for Ings as well as provide a headache for defences.

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The veteran forward scored in the recent Premier League defeat to Wolves and then the FA Cup loss away to Tottenham Hotspur.

He began the season on the sidelines, with marquee summer signing Che Adams starting regularly up front.

But Adams failed to fire and Hasenhuttl turned to Long, who has made eight of his nine Premier League starts this season since late November.

He has made 20 appearances in all competitions this term, scoring twice and supplying four assists.

Long joined the Saints from Hull City back in 2014 and signed his most recent contract in 2016.

In other Southampton news, Darren Bent has exclusively told Football Insider he’s expecting a “brilliant” player from Premier League giant to move to the Saints.