A transfer ‘exclusive’ on Monday night reports Salomon Rondon is set to join Newcastle United.
The report stats that the deal is expected to be agreed in the next week.
The West Brom striker has been regularly linked with a move to Newcastle but this ‘exclusive’ doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.
Teamtalk claim that Newcastle will pull off a ‘cut-price’ deal, with a £4m loan fee paid now and then another £15m to make the transfer permanent next summer.
They (Teamtalk) don’t have a great record with their transfer ‘exclusives’ and I think this is one is doomed to join most of the rest of them.
Salomon Rondon is available for a £16.5m release clause, so not sure how it will be cut-price if we end up paying £19m altogether.
That is not the only angle to the ‘exclusive’ that doesn’t make sense.
Rondon was signed by West Brom from Zenit in August 2015 on a four year deal, so if they don’t sell him now, the Baggies would get nothing next summer.
Even if they did get him to agree to an arrangement whereby he extended his contract at West Brom by a year (to 2019) so that Newcastle would have to pay the £15m next summer, I just can’t then see how a deal would be working from Newcastle’s point of view.
If the £15m is going to be a guaranteed figure to be paid, it would basically mean that Newcastle would have paid £19m to sign somebody who would turn 30 a month after the (2019/20) season had started, once the deal became permanent.
So Mike Ashley willing to allow £19m to be paid and a three or four year contract to be given to a forward who Newcastle would never stand a chance of recouping any cash on? Very suspect.
As for West Brom potentially letting a loan deal happen with no guaranteed sale at the end of the season, that sounds even more far-fetched, considering his age and undoubtedly going down in value in 12 months time.
The fact that Salomon Rondon has scored only 24 goals over the course of three Premier League seasons is also overlooked.
EXCLUSIVE: Newcastle near cut-price striker raid as WBA eye Boro hitman
Newcastle are expected to tie up a deal for their top summer target Solomon Rondon in the next week – and TEAMtalk sources can reveal an impressive cut-price raid could be agreed.
The Venezuelan striker has been identified by Rafa Benitez as the man he wants to lead his strikeforce next season, with Aleksander Mitrovic expected to make a permanent move to Fulham.
Rondon, 28, has a release clause of £16.5million in his contract but TEAMtalk can reveal Newcastle want the deal as an initial loan – and have offered £4million now and then a further £15million next summer to make the deal permanent.
West Brom would rather sell now, and although Rondon’s wages have almost halved from £75,000-a-week to £40,000, they are desperate to shed his salary and look likely to agree to Newcastle’s request.
And we understand the money will free up West Brom to reinvest in their squad – and one player they are keen on is Middlesbrough’s Britt Assombalonga – who is surplus to requirements under Tony Pulis.