Long set for Hull talks

Shane Long would be a surprise departure. Credit: PA

Shane Long has been given permission to leave the Republic of Ireland's training camp to discuss a "transfer-related matter", Press Association Sport understands.

The West Brom striker is part of Giovanni Trapattoni's squad ahead of the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers, but has been heavily linked with a move to Hull.

A move to the KC Stadium or elsewhere now appears to be closer to happening after the 26-year-old was granted permission to return to England to start talks.

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