Tottenham are once again being linked with a fresh move for Shane Long after manager Mauricio Pochettino was spotted in Dubin alongside the Southampton striker’s agent.
Long has become an increasingly influential figure for Ireland and Southampton, and if the Spurs manager is interested in taking him to White Hart Lane, he will have been impressed as the striker scored his 16th goal for his national side as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Holland on Friday evening.
Pochettino has made no secret of his wish to strengthen Tottenham’s attacking options this summer to ease the burden on Harry Kane, with the club being linked with moves for Breel Embolo, Jonathan Calleri and Michy Batshuayi in the past week alone.
But Long, who is rated in the £18million bracket and has been mentioned as a possible target for both Spurs and Liverpool in recent months, would represent less of a gamble for Pochettino, with the Irishman already having established himself as a regular goalscorer in the Premier League.
Southampton would be loathe to lose the player, especially in light of more speculation surrounding another of their star players, Sadio Mane, who in recent days has emerged as a possible £25million transfer target for Liverpool.