Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has added a new name to his wanted list for January, in the shape of in form West Brom striker Shane Long, according to reports via The Daily Mirror.
Rodgers has worked with Long before during their time at Reading and is said to be a long time admirer of the players style. After recent form has seen the 25-year-old Republic of Ireland International score 7 goals this season, Rodgers is keen to work with the player once again as Liverpool search for striking re-enforcements.
Heavily relying on Uruguay International forward Luis Suarez to get their goals so far this season, Rodgers wants to bring in extra fire power up front with a number of targets on his list including Chelsea's Daniel Sturridge and Vitesse Arnham's Wifried Bony.
However, West Brom manager Steve Clarke would not be willing to let his star man leave at any price in January as The Baggies are currently enjoying their best ever run in the top tier of English Football. With Long being his main striker recently, he will be keen to keep hold of him, especially due to the fact that Chelsea are looking likely to want to recall on loan striker Romelu Lukaku with their own striker problems.
Long is a battling, goal poaching striker who has pace, good feet and is a constant problem for opposition defenders. Since 2007 he has featured 32 times for his country, scoring 8 goals. But it is this season when he has really impressed and stood out, making a name for himself as one of the best current formed strikers in the league.
Suarez is also the subject of transfer rumours, with his £40 million buyout clause being leaked, their is a whole host of clubs ready to move for the South American including Chelsea, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain.