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Reading boss McDermott hoping to keep West Ham target Long

Reading boss Brian McDermott is confident of holding onto striker Shane Long.

Long was again on the mark in their FA Cup victory over West Bromwich Albion - just days after playing down talk of a move to West Ham United.

McDermott said: "I know this will bring more attention on Shane but as far as I am concerned he is staying.

"I have a great relationship with him and now he is getting rewards for his hard work.

"He is a great character and the goals are coming.

"I fielded a strong team because my priority is to win whatever the competition."

 It's all kicking off again! Click here for the No1 coverage of West Ham United's winter market transfer news.

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