By George Overhill

29th Apr, 2022 | 8:40pm

Steve Bruce thinks West Brom are 'close' on negotiations with David Button amid commute row

West Brom are “close” to announcing a new contract for goalkeeper David Button according to manager Steve Bruce, amid the row over commutes to training.

The Baggies boss had previously suggested that the former Brighton player would not be getting talks on a new deal while he continued to travel to the club from his home on the south coast.

Two weeks ago (14 April) Bruce said, via Express and Star: “He won’t live in Brighton any more if he wants new talks”.

But now, after the back-up to the exiting Sam Johnstone played the last three Championship games, Bruce said, via the Birmingham Mail: “The talks are continuing… I think we’re close.

“Until we officially say it, it’s not done, but I think it’s positive on all fronts.”

Necessity

The 33-year-old Button is not likely to be the long-term answer in goal at the Hawthorns, but with Johnstone on his way out in search of a return to the Premier League, the club need to know they have someone between the sticks.

Alex Palmer is on the books, but despite being 25 now has still only made a single appearance in the league cup, suggesting they don’t view him as an alternative.

It was recently reported that the Baggies wanted Chelsea loanee Nathan Baxter who has done well at Hull this season, but would face competition from the Tigers (TEAMtalk).

In the short term though it makes sense for both player and club to extend Button’s stay, as the ex-Seagull’s player has a genuine chance to cement the starting job at least for now, and the team needs the security of a safe pair of hands should any transfers fall through.

Presumably he must have agreed to get somewhere to live close to the training ground in order for the discussions to commence.

Unless the manager weakened his bargaining position on the matter when he claimed he would not do the same.

The ex-Newcastle man said this week, via The Guardian: “[People] are going to throw it at me and say: ‘Are you going to relocate?’

“But it doesn’t work with us, when we sign a contract we usually get sacked.”

In other West Brom news, one fan-favourite will not be getting a new deal and has been told his Baggies career is over.

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