It was always going to be a tall order for Reading to retain the services of Shane Long and the striker has just completed a move to West Brom, with the Royals likely to be happy that the Ireland international has moved to a Premier League club rather than a Championship rival.
Long is Roy Hodgson’s sixth signing of the summer and the fee is thought to be £4.5 million with a view to it increasing to £6.5 million based on appearances. The striker is now in contention to play some part of Sunday’s match against Manchester United.
Reading chairman Sir John Madejski said: “Shane has been a conscientious and loyal servant for Reading.
“Water will always find its own level, and nobody can deny a talented young player the opportunity to play at the highest level when they have the ability to do so.
“Had we won (the play-off final) at Wembley, I have no doubt that Shane would still be playing for Reading, but we wish him great luck at West Brom.”
Reading manager Brian McDermott said: “West Bromwich Albion and Roy Hodgson are very lucky to get Shane and I’m sure their fans will see what a great talent he is and how hard he’ll work for the team.”