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The Baggies boss has dismissed speculation that the former Reading striker is on his way out of the Hawthorns in January and praised his approach to the game

West Brom manager Steve Clarke has stressed that his in-form striker Shane Long is not for sale.

The Baggies head coach has been impressed by the Ireland international this season and moved to dismiss speculation that the former Reading man could leave the club in January.

"Clubs can want to buy Shane, they can come if they want, and the answer is ‘no’," Clarke told reporters. "I am not going to hype up other clubs and who they should be bidding for, but Shane is our player and he’s not going anywhere."

He continued: "We are delighted with his efforts and I think the competition for places, especially in the forward area, is keeping everyone on their toes and we are the beneficiaries of that."

The 25-year-old striker continued his goalscoring form in the Baggies' 4-2 victory over Sunderland on Saturday November 24 and Clarke said that Long's tendency to 'keep chasing' was the reason why he scored.

He said:"Shane followed it in and obviously made their keeper take his eye off the ball. He got his break for doing that.

"But that’s what Shane does. He wants the impossible. He keeps chasing and chasing until he gets the breaks he deserves," added Clarke.

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