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Shane Long is planning to stay at West Brom

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West Brom striker Shane Long has no plans to leave the club in the summer despite Hoffenheim and Schalke joining the list of sides interested in the player.

The top German pair have joined the likes of Lazio and Sevilla in a pack of sides across Europe keeping tabs on the 26-year-old, whose contract talks with the Baggies have yet to yield an agreement.

But the Express & Star understands Long has no intention of seeking a move this summer, even if the Republic of Ireland international does not strike a deal to extend his stay.

The former Reading man will enter the final year of his current contract in the summer, although the deal includes an option to extend his stay for another year.

Albion sporting and technical director Richard Garlick flew to Ireland earlier this month for talks with Long's representatives, but the parties are still believed to be some way apart on the terms of an extension.

However, Long, who wants to stay at the Hawthorns in the longer term, has no plans to look for a move before the end of his contract despite the Bundesliga pair becoming the latest clubs to show some interest.

He is likely to start next season at The Hawthorns, although the Baggies still face a summer of uncertainty over their forward line, with Marc-Antoine Fortune out of contract and Markus Rosenberg's future in doubt.

Peter Odemwingie also seems likely to leave following his January bust-up. And boss Steve Clarke has admitted his plans will be influenced heavily by which players leave.

He said: "In an ideal world it will be fine-tuning to the squad," he said. "But you don't know what is going to happen in the summer.

"There may be some players hiding some feelings that they want to move on and some players that other clubs are going to take off you and unsettle as happened to us in January.

"Ideally, I think three or four players added to that squad will keep us moving in the right direction."

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