Long completes move to West Brom
Republic of Ireland forward Shane Long became Premier League side West Bromwich Albion's sixth signing of the summer on Tuesday when he joined from Championship outfit Reading.
The 24-year-old, scorer of six goals in 21 international appearances, signed a three-year contract bringing an end to his successful six-year spell at Reading which included a two-year stay in the Premier League.
West Brom manager Roy Hodgson said that despite his young age, Long already has enough experience to go straight into the first team.
"He is a goalscorer and a hard-working player who has a very good attitude to the game," said Hodgson, who enjoyed an up and down season last term, being sacked by Liverpool before joining West Brom.
"The great thing about him is that even though he is still only 24 he has six years' worth of experience of Premier League, Championship and international football and has margin for improvement in his game. With the signing of Shane, our squad is looking close to being complete."
Long, who scored 54 goals in 200 appearances for Reading after joining from Cork City in 2005 with a season high 25 last term, could well wrap up Hodgson's spending.
He joins England goalkeeper Ben Foster, Hungarian Zoltan Gera - who played under Hodgson at Fulham, Billy Jones, Gareth McAuley and Marton Fulop. West Brom start their campaign at home to champions Manchester United on Sunday.