'Gala goes out on loan

West Ham United have agreed to let 19-year-old defender Bondz 'Gala join MK Dons on a one-month loan.

The homegrown talent from Forest Gate has made excellent progress this season, having established himself in Alex Dyer's reserve side. He began the campaign on a positive note, joining the first team on the pre-season tour of the United States and Canada. But with the return of James Tomkins, Calum Davenport, James Collins and Jonathan Spector from injury, Gianfranco Zola currently has plenty of defensive options at his disposal.

Reserve team manager Dyer said: "It's an excellent move for Bondz. He's trained well all season and been around the first team. He now deserves his chance at being in a first team squad, and playing football in League One will be excellent for him. Hopefully he can come back a better and more confidant player."

'Gala could make his debut for MK Dons against Hartlepool on Saturday, with the team riding high in the League One play-off positions, just three points off top spot. 'Gala is not the only West Ham United player out on loan. Midfielders Josh Payne and Nigel Quashie are at Cheltenham Town and Birmingham City respectively, while full-back Ashley Miller is at non-league Bishop's Stortford.