Bruce: Long deal too good

  • Last Updated: August 14 2014, 14:05 BST

Hull City boss Steve Bruce was not looking to offload Shane Long, but says Southampton's offer was too good to turn down.

Shane Long: The subject of a big-money bid from Southampton
Shane Long: The subject of a big-money bid from Southampton

The Republic of Ireland international striker is in the process of making a £12.5million switch to St Mary’s.

Long finds himself on the move just seven months after joining Hull in a £6.5million deal from West Bromwich Albion.

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With a healthy profit to be made on a player who netted four times in 17 appearances, Bruce admits he is reluctantly prepared to sanction a sale and reinvest the funds elsewhere in his squad.

Bruce told the Hull Daily Mail: “We’d not been looking to sell Shane but it’s a fantastic offer and we’ve decided to accept it.

“The challenge is always to become bigger and better and this money will be put towards strengthening again.

“Whether you are Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi, everyone in football has got their price.”

Bruce added: “Myself and the owners didn’t want to lose Shane but we accept it’s a very good offer, especially when you consider what we paid in January.

“I’ve got no issues. Ever since I walked through the door of this club the board have supported me in every possible way and I’m sure that will be the case as we look to reinvest.

“In an ideal world the money would have come a month ago but it’s come now and we’ll deal with it.”

Bruce has until September 1 to find attacking cover, but insists he will not be rushed into an impulse buy.

He said: “We’ll not spend for spending sake. It’s not a case of jumping straight in for a replacement.

“Now we’ll look at our options and see who might be available.”