West Brom say Shane Long move fell through as Hull could not finance deal
Club deny that failure to land Romelu Lukaku influenced decision to retain striker
Shane Long: proposed move to Hull collapsed late on Monday evening. Photograph: Inpho.
West Brom have rejected reports that their deadline-day decision to keep Shane Long was a result of Romelu Lukaku joining Everton.
Republic of Ireland striker Long was given permission to leave the national team’s training camp to discuss a “transfer-related matter”.
The 26-year-old was reportedly at Hull’s training ground when it emerged Baggies boss Steve Clarke had pulled out of the deal.
Subsequent newspaper reports have claimed Albion pulled out after Chelsea forward Lukaku – who spent last season on loan at The Hawthorns and had been linked with a return – had agreed a season-long loan at Goodison Park.
But Albion sporting and technical director Richard Garlick insisted that was not the case, claiming the move fell through because of Hull’s proposed payment terms.
“Hull unexpectedly contacted us on Monday and tabled an acceptable offer for Shane . . . but the deal depended on many other factors – including a real reluctance to sell.
“In a phone conversation with Shane’s representative, I informed him that Shane was under no pressure to leave. We were definitely not trying to force him out.
“Hull then informed us they could not finance the deal . . . the decision to keep Shane had absolutely nothing to do with Romelu Lukaku opting to join Everton.”
He added: “Shane remains a West Bromwich Albion player and we’re delighted he’s still here.