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West Brom manager Steve Clarke has denied suggestions striker Shane Long may join Liverpool in the January transfer window.

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Shane Long: Staying at West Brom, says Steve Clarke

Shane Long: Staying at West Brom, says Steve Clarke

The Republic of Ireland international has scored seven goals in 16 appearances for the Baggies this season, leading to speculation he may become a transfer target.

But Clarke insists there is no truth in the rumours linking him with Liverpool, despite a lack of firepower in Brendan Rodgers' side.

"Liverpool need a striker, Shane is playing well, so a lazy journalist puts it together and makes a story out of it," Clarke told the Birmingham Mail.

"Shane is not for sale. And I'd be very surprised if Brendan Rodgers wanted to take Shane anyway.

"People are merely looking at connections and making stories out of it."

Meanwhile, Clarke also confirmed goalkeeper Ben Foster is recovering well following his groin operation, although a sickness bug is causing him problems.

Yassine El Ghanassy was forced to sit out West Brom U21s victory over Bolton while a number of other first team players have also been struck down.

"Yassine is sick, we've had a sickness virus at the club," added Clarke.

"Boaz Myhill was also sick last week. He didn't travel with us to Swansea. He actually came down on the day of the game.

"Billy Jones was also sick overnight on Friday - he wasn't even in the stadium - and now Yassine is unwell. Ben is improving (from his operation) which is good news for us. We will see how he gets on."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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