Clarke: Long not for sale

But Clarke admitted that Albion have rejected a bid – believed to

be from Blackburn – for another Republic of Ireland international

forward in Simon Cox. Long has been the subject of speculation

linking him with a move back to his former club Reading. But Clarke

said: “There has been nothing regarding Shaun. There have been no

bids and he is not for sale. His future is with us 100%.” Cox has

struggled to win a first team place at The Hawthorns in the face of

competition from the likes of Long, Peter Odemwingie and

Marc-Antoine Fortune. He was left out of the squad for yesterday’s

friendly at Barnsley. Clarke said: “A club has put a bid in for

him. It wasn’t accepted but Simon didn’t feel he was quite right to

play.”