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West Brom set to swerve agreement for senior player as QPR continue to circle

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West Bromwich Albion are unlikely to offer Andy Lonergan fresh terms to stay at the Hawthorns, seemingly paving the way for the goalkeeper to move to Queens Park Rangers. 

Lonergan arrived at West Brom earlier in 2021, with the Baggies bringing in the veteran goalkeeper to add depth to their options during the second-half of the Premier League season.

The 37-year-old didn’t make an appearance for West Brom, though, with Sam Johnstone the man firmly in-charge of the gloves under Sam Allardyce.

Of course, West Brom have been relegated back into the Championship and are putting plans in place for a return to the EFL in 2021/22. However, it doesn’t seem that Lonergan will be part of those plans.

As per a report from Birmingham Live, Lonergan is expected to depart after failing to make a matchday squad since he arrived at the club.

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Lonergan has since been linked with a move elsewhere in the Championship, with Mark Warburton keen to link up with the goalkeeper after losing Joe Lumley to Middlesbrough.

The R’s finished in the top-half of the Championship table last season, with Warburton overseeing a positive end to the campaign and leaving fans dreaming of a push for the play-offs next season.

The Verdict 

Even though Sam Johnstone is likely to leave West Brom this summer, it did seem a long stretch that Lonergan was going to land a contract extension.

He’s not been involved for West Brom on-field, with his influence clearly more telling on the training field and in the dressing room.

Despite that, it’s hard to argue against West Brom’s reported decision. They need to be bullish over the summer and get their squad in the best possible shape for a return to the Championship.

Thoughts? Let us know! 


Alfie is a journalist based in Yorkshire with years of experience covering the EFL. A current focus on Huddersfield Town and their fortunes back in the Championship, but out and about at as many games as possible. Covered Leeds United during their promotion-winning season in 2019/20.

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