West Brom will announce Jonathan Bond’s exit from The Hawthorns today (Wednesday) with the goalkeeper set to join LA Galaxy, according to the LA Times.
The US newspaper claims that Bond, 27, will arrive in California on a free transfer and won’t take up one of LA Galaxy’s international spots due to him holding an American passport.
Albion have already announced Andy Lonergan’s arrival in the Black Country with the former Liverpool and Wolves goalkeeper coming in to replace Bond as Sam Allardyce’s third-choice shot-stopper.
Second or third choice goalkeepers rarely last long at The Hawthorns and Bond had been on the books for two-and-a-half years before heading to LA Galaxy this week.
He made just seven appearances for the Baggies, with none of them coming in the league as Sam Johnstone held down the number one spot in the Championship for two seasons before starring in the Premier League.
In those seven outings, Bond kept four clean sheets and conceded eight goals. He managed to shut out Wigan, Brighton, Charlton and West Ham in the FA Cup while Albion were in the Championship.
Unfortunately, Bond never did enough to show he could challenge Johnstone for the number one spot at The Hawthorns even though Johnstone suffered with bouts of poor form in the Championship.
David Button’s arrival as the new number two in the summer has since seen Johnstone’s performances improve.
It remains to be seen what the financial implications are of West Brom shifting out Bond on a free and replacing him with Lonergan, who’s also arrived as a free transfer.
Lonergan might be on lower wages, which would help Sam Allardyce invest a little more cash into strengthening his starting line-up this month.
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