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'If a club doesn't want you, what's the point in staying?' - Shane Long open to West Brom exit

'If a club doesn't want you, what's the point in staying?' - Shane Long open to West Brom exit

The Baggies striker has admitted that he would be open to a move away from the Hawthorns as his availability is being monitored by Hull City

Shane Long says that he would consider leaving West Bromich Albion if he was no longer wanted at the club.

Hull City boss Steve Bruce revealed that discussions between his club and West Brom about Long's availability were ongoing and, with speculation intensifying, the 26-year-old admitted that his future at the Hawthorns was unclear.

"We will see what happens and what clubs come in and whether it's a good prospect for me, but if West Brom want me to stay, that's probably what I'll do," Long told the Irish Examiner.

"But I suppose if a club doesn't want you, what's the point in staying? It's business, at the end of the day, and we've got a lot of options up front.

"If they do want to let me go, we'll deal with that hurdle when it comes, or if it comes, but at the moment I'm a West Brom player and that's all I'm concentrating on.

"I've heard nothing. In the transfer window you're going to hear rumours but no-one has said anything to me so I'm concentrating on playing."

Meanwhile, Derby County defender Richard Keogh is making progress as he continues his recovery from injury.

The centre back suffered damage to medial knee ligaments in December and has missed the Rams' last five games as a result.

However, despite making positive strides towards recovery, Derby coach Paul Simpson says that the club will not rush the 27-year-old.

"Richard has done well in training and it is a case of building up his confidence with the knee joint again," Simpson told the club's official website.

"Hopefully, if not this weekend, then we would look to see him back involved in the squad for the game at Blackburn next Saturday, but it's all down to how things progress."

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