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Long shot Shane Long seals a move to Bournemouth as Takumi Minamino joins Southampton


Shane Long is set to leave Southampton

Shane Long is set to leave Southampton

Shane Long is set to leave Southampton

Shane Long has made a short move down the English south coast after leaving Southampton to seal a loan deal to Championship side Bournemouth, following in the footsteps of his fellow Ireland striker Troy Parrott by sealing a transfer deadline day loan move.

With Joshua King leaving Bournemouth to sign for Everton, the Cherries needed a striker to fill the void and they managed to get a deal to sign Republic of Ireland striker Long over the line.

Long has earned 85 senior caps for Republic of Ireland since his debut in September 2007, scoring 17 goals, and he was welcomed to his new club by Bournemouth boss Jason Tindall.

"I am delighted to bring an attacker of Shane’s experience and quality to the club," said Tindall.

"As well as his undoubted technical ability, Shane’s character, maturity and leadership skills are something we have been searching for to add to what is a relatively young squad.

"He has played at the highest level for the majority of his career – including the past nine seasons – and we are hoping to bring the best out of him over the coming months as we aim to gain promotion back to the Premier League."

Takumi Minamino's loan move from Liverpool to Southampton allowed Long to seal his move to Bournemouth, with the Japanese star leaving Jurgen Klopp's squad after failing to impress with the Premier League champions.

Southampton tried to negotiate a deal that would allowed them to sign Minamino at the end of the season, but that was rejected by Liverpool, who insisted on a straight loan deal.

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl said: "I am very pleased to welcome Takumi to our squad for the rest of this season.

"He will help provide another good attacking option, and is importantly the right profile of player for us.

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"This will give us some additional depth in our squad at an important time, and I am looking forward to beginning work with him on the training pitch."

Now Ireland manager Stephen Kenny will be hoping Long can find some form by playing regular first team football, with his fellow Ireland striker Parrott, who also completed a move on deadline day as he joined League One side Ipswich.

"I'm really happy to be here," Parrott told iFollow Ipswich. "There are some good players here and I'm looking forward to the second half of the season.

"It was great to get out for my first training session this morning and the lads gave me a really nice welcome.

"I love a challenge and I want to be part of something. I'm excited to get going and I want to score some goals for this club.

"I will work hard for the team and I'm ready to play. I played last weekend so I'm feeling good in terms of match sharpness and I can't wait to get started."

sundayworld.com understand Parrott was recalled by Tottenham from his loan spell as they want him to play in a side that uses him as a central striker, but he has been playing for much of his time a Millwall in a wide role.

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