By Adefunmiloye Alani

22nd Jul, 2021 | 11:10am

Andy Lonergan approached about potentially returning to West Brom

West Brom have approached Andy Lonergan about a possible return as they search for a third-choice goalkeeper, according to The Athletic.

The 37-year-old spent the second half of last season at The Hawthorns after arriving from Stoke City and was on Albion’s staff.

Lonergan knows he will be an emergency back-up goalie should he make the move, but nothing has been agreed yet.

Great choice

Josh Griffiths is currently filling the role of third-choice goalie behind David Button and Alex Palmer, but the teenage sensation is expected to leave on loan again after penning an extension.

It is the right thing to do for his development to continue after last term’s impressive loan spell at Cheltenham Town, and Lonergan would be a perfect option to continue filling that role.

The former Preston North End star was a popular figure in the squad during his five-month spell, and head coach Valerien Ismael could do with his experience in the dressing room.

Having been part of the Liverpool squad that won the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup in 2019, Lonergan knows one or two things about winning something, and could help influence the West Brom players as we eye an immediate return to the Premier League.

His valuable knowledge of the Championship would surely come in handy, and the youngsters can learn a lot from such a veteran.

A move would likely depend on whether we are able to sell Sam Johnstone in the coming weeks, but that is not likely to be a problem after the Baggies decided to slash his initial asking price [The Athletic].

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