There’s a story in The Mirror this morning about Tottenham potentially pursuing West Brom forward Shane Long in January, with the caveat that Daniel Levy would insist on player sales to generate any transfer revenue:
Tim Sherwood has been told he will not have major funds to spend in the January transfer window – but could make a shock move for West Brom striker Shane Long, writes Dave Kidd in the Sunday People.
A little bit of pedantry to start with: Tim Sherwood won’t be making the transfer decisions at White Hart Lane, and whatever budget is available in the next window is more Franco Baldini’s concern than his. Yes, as manager, Sherwood would probably be asked to give approval on any arrivals or departures, but Tottenham have a Technical Director for a reason.
With regards Shane Long, I know there will be some Spurs fans who will sneer at the idea of the West Brom forward, but if Jermain Defoe was to leave and was to take up the offer which is reportedly on offer from Canada, then Long could well be a useful squad addition. He’s a hard-working player, he’s a deceptively accomplished finisher, and his channel-work is generally exceptional.
It could be worse.