Palm to be new name for training base.
WAST Hills, Compton, Bodymoor Heath... Palm Training Ground? West Bromwich Albion have announced plans to change the name of their training base in Walsall to the same name as their principal sponsor Palm, which also appears on the team's shirts.
The company, which provides services for landscaping design and construction, has close bonds with the Baggies' owner Guochuan Lai who co-founded the department involving eco-town development.
Albion chief executive Martin Goodman backed the proposal, saying: "The agreement has a commercial value to the club and continues to place our name at the heart of the exciting development plans Lai is leading in China."
It is the latest development after Lai's group Yunyi Guokai announced plans to build up a number of football towns around the world, using Albion's Premier League status as a major attraction in their plans to promote the club abroad and recruit overseas talent. The club will get new signs made and placed at the training ground to promote the change of name.
? Thomas Vermaelen, a defender West Brom were considering moving for this past summer, has explained that there was no chance of him getting a move away from Barcelona - as he had an astonishing [euro]80m release clause that put potential suitors off.
He said: "Unfortunately, my release clause is very expensive. Who was going to pay that?"