Newcastle United have made a move for Salomon Rondon according to Sky Sports.

On Tuesday afternoon the broadcaster has reported that their information is that Newcastle made contact with West Brom and discussed a potential transfer.

There has been much speculation surrounding Newcastle and the Venezuelan striker with even a bizarre exclusive on Monday, which claimed that Newcastle would get the forward in a ‘cut-price’ deal.

That ‘cut-price’ deal being for Newcastle to supposedly pay £4m up front now for a season long loan, before then paying a further £15m payment in summer 2019 to make the deal permanent. Making £19m in total for a player who is claimed to have a £16.5m release clause.

This ‘exclusive’ all the stranger when taking into account Salomon Rondon only has a year left on his West Brom contact and that next summer it would mean Newcastle completing a £19m move for a player who would turn 30 a month into the new season (in September 2019).

Whether the Sky Sports claims today have any substance remains to be seen, but at least the structure of their story sounds credible.

They claim the actual release clause is £16m for Rondon and that Newcastle are looking to fund the deal by selling Aleksandar Mitrovic to Fulham, with Newcastle telling Fulham they must pay at least £18m for the Serbian striker.

This news/report coincides with Rafa Benitez opening up about the shambolic nature of Newcastle’s summer transfer window.

Rafa stating that he is now looking at third choice and below when it comes to his lists of transfer targets, with Mike Ashley refusing to allow players to be bought until others are sold to finance the moves.

The manager bemoaning this approach which means with three weeks until the transfer window closes, he still hasn’t even got the striker he desperately wants. Rafa confessing that Alassane Plea was a striker he hoped to sign, the player instead going to Borussia Monchengladbach despite Newcastle supposedly having bid for him according to the media.

However, Rafa Benitez did also say today that he expects to get a striker in before the window closes and no disrespect to him, but you can imagine that Salomon Rondon was on the Newcastle manager’s list of targets, but third choice or lower…

Rondon looks a decent enough player but I doubt Rafa’s dream striker was somebody who has scored 24 Premier League goals in three seasons. It would be a step up on Joselu but rafa Benitez could and should have expected to be backed with better.



  • Leicester Mag

    Cut price Slimani signed on loan with zero risk to anything but the team.

  • JonMag

    why would anyone be daft enough to pay a fee next summer on a player that`s out of contract then.
    his real name is Jose, so then we`d be lumbered with Hoss & Little Joe.
    FFS, it gets worse by the day

  • Christopher Edwards

    Is 28 year old Rondon better than 23 year old Mitrovic? If we sold Mitrovic and brought in someone better then fair enough but if the alternative is Rondon we might as well keep Mitrovic.

    • 1957

      Mitrovic 10 goals in 40 appearances, Rondon 24 in 108… in goal scoring terms he isn’t better than Mitrovic!

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        And that`s what it`s all about, scoring goals

    • Polarboy

      People would argue that Mitrovic doesn’t fit in Rafa’s system given his lack of pace. Rondon is fairly rapid from what I have seen, at least in comparison. I’m willing to at least give him a go given that he was playing in team managed by the dourest man in football Pulis, and then the clown himself Pardew. Not saying he’s suddenly going to to be getting 20 + a season, but I believe there’s hope Rafa could get him comfortably into double figures.

  • 1957

    It will be great, get rid of one of our sub double figure goals per season (PL) strikers and bring in a striker who hasn’t got to double figures in three seasons… I would think Mitrovic has a better PL goals per minute ratio than Rondon.

    PL defences will quaking in their boots with Hoss and Rondon in tandem, with laughter that is.

  • Dillon Tovak

    For his age and price I think this is our worst signing of all time.

    • 1957

      Yeah taking everything into account even Hoss is better VFM

    • Ram Kishore

      Missing out on important targets is making us overpay for Rondon.
      Even though I was realistic about incomings.. i expected the outgoings to be done at the earliest with Colback ,Mitro ,mbemba and sels..
      Lazaar isn’t going anywhere for now

  • Samuel Brown

    Would be a good squad signing, a back up striker, but the fact is, he is 5-6 years older than Mitro and they’ve scored the same amount of career goals!!
    Mitro, when fit and in a system that suits him (like at Fulham) is impossible for the opposition to deal with

    • glassjawsh-got-banned

      all of those things were set up on a platter for Mitro at the WC and yet where were the goals? he missed a truckload of chances.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      Rondon is a better player than mitro

      • Mike Adam

        Stats say otherwise, and Mitro is much younger!!!

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          It depends which league. For what we need, i can understand why Rafa wants him, fast, strong etc.

          • Mike Adam

            PL of course, Rondon has played in it for 3 seasons now. We need goals, we were shut out 14 times last year. And fast and strong haven’t done anything for him the last 3 years.
            Also, he will be 29 in September.

  • NUFCDan

    I don’t think anyone knows fully what has gone on behind the scenes but Mitrovic is as good as gone and will never play for Newcastle again. Bearing this is mind making comparisons between the 2 is pointless.

    • 1957

      Comparison is always going to be made until we sign someone with a good goalscoring record. I’m told by my brother-in-law who lives in London everything was all but settled for Mitrovic to go to Fulham but the club’s preference is for him to move abroad and they are waiting for two continental clubs to make realistic offers.

      • JonMag

        don`t want him coming back here & scoring against us

      • Ram Kishore

        Maybe Rafa fears Mitrovic could come back to haunt which would obviously make him and the club look bad..
        After Borussia Monchengladbach signed Plea, i think clubs in Italy and Germany would coming for him

      • NUFCDan

        We haven’t signed a replacement for Andy Carroll yet so I wouldn’t hold your breath on that one..

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          Or Demba Ba or Yohan Kebab

  • Peaky

    Nee point in worrying yet….plenty of time for Penfold tofuck this up…..
    3 weeks to go in transfer window and Rafa is already down to V,W & X on his list of preferred strikers….
    Sad bad times….

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      The guy`s not worth a Ham Shank as a first choice striker

    • 1957

      He can stuff this one up for me… how does Rondon even make the list

  • Desree

    The bid for plea was probably a loan offer with a view to buy.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      There was no bid for Plea

      • Jezza

        Correct.

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          Liar

  • JonMag

    If the Fat Guy had been born a 100 yrs earlier he either be in charge of an
    Einsatzgruppen or a Death Camp

    • Peaky

      He would have had a chain of workhouses’….still has…

      • JonMag

        they would be in Auschwitz

  • Big Hairy Man

    Is he an upgrade on the 🐎? I’m not so sure. Take last summer’s transfer window, rinse & repeat.

  • Anonymouse1

    Rafa`s list of players runs A to Z, Charnley`s on the next page

    • Peaky

      😂😂
      In the Latin alphabet….

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        😂😂

      • Leicester Mag

        Nil illigitium desporandum

  • Peaky

    Was going to write one of those long letters that comes out every so often to Fatty so here goes

    Dear Mike Ashley

    FU*K OFF and take your minions with you

    Regards

    That’ll do….

    • KRS1

      The fat bas#ards arteries have to clog up sooner rather than later!

  • joe mac

    should have just kept slimani!….is he any better?

    • JonMag

      i would guess a fit Slimani is better than Rondon

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        Rondon is quicker, we miss strength and pace. We have pace in Gayle and strength in Mitro but not both.

  • Polarboy

    The one question I have is that is he really as bad as his record at West Brom suggest given who he was playing under. Most likely I’m being overly hopeful but who knows.

    • JonMag

      So, put the Hoss in the Man City team & he`ll score 25 a season,
      i don`t think so

      • Polarboy

        No obviously not, but clearly if you play for an ultra defensive team it’s likely to affect your scoring record. He does appear to have a few desirable attributes that the strikers we have don’t, or at least they only have one where he might have a few.

    • Mike Adam

      We couldn’t beat them.

    • Jezza

      You might be right but it’s all academic because we won’t even end up signing the lad. That’s how bad things have got at this club. NUFC is now more profitable than ever yet even a mediocre striker from a Championship club is out of our price range now.

    • Desree

      Demba Ba, Loic Remy and Cisse played under Pardew. All hit min 15 goals in a season

      • Ram Kishore

        Polar boy was referring to Tony pulis, not Alan pardew

      • Polarboy

        He played the majority of his football under Pulis, but Pardew never even had the initial run of form before it falls apart with West Brom.

  • Big Hairy Man

    Rafa: Mike, can I have some of the £120m tv money to buy a striker?
    Ashley: No, that’s mine.
    Charnley: Here’s your tea Rafa, here’s your crate of ale Mike.
    Rafa: How much can I have?
    Ashley: Every last penny generated.
    Rafa: Mike, did you just puke in my waste paper bin?
    Ashley: It’s ok Rafa, Lee will clean it up, won’t you Lee?
    Charnley: It’s what I live for sir.
    Rafa: So what’s the bottom line?
    Ashley: You owe me money.
    Rafa: Fat b****rd.
    Ashley: You’re not exactly a waif yourself.
    Rafa: I’m big boned. You’re just a jelly- belly.
    At this point the meeting is drawn to a close.

    • Peaky

      😂😂
      That’s a Hale & Pace sketch waiting to happen if they ever got back together.

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    If Newcastle were to get him for 4 million in a straight up transfer then that would be more than enough imo.
    That is all he is worth in the scheme of things and we don’t want him in all honesty because he is no real step up on what we already have at the club.

    • Jezza

      Like most of our alleged transfer targets, Rondon is better than what we have currently got but well short of the quality we need. It says everything about how far Ashley has lowered standards at this club when we’re not even linked with decent players any more. Even the players we are rumoured to be in for these days aren’t good enough.

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        Ok, you know more than Brnitez? Of course.

        • Mike Adam

          Jezza knows everything, especially how to block those of us who have opposing views! I would love to know how Rondon is “better than what we have currently”. He is no better than Gayle or Mitro and is much older than Mitro. He is “slightly” better than Joselu statistically.

  • TheNutJob

    Fake news, the Fat Gringo won`t be paying any £16m for a 30 year old
    no way jose

  • Rondon is not worth 17M period. Not better than Mitro, and he is only worth more because he’s younger. West Brom need to look at reality, which is a 12-13m at most.
    Rondon has never, ever hit double figures in the Prem.
    We don’t want another Joselu for 17m.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      He’s decent but soiled goods. If we were after him 3 years ago, he looks a world beater. Rafa will know his quslities from Malaga but he looks unfit at times.

      It’s worth a punt but not full asking price so I agree,12m is a good buy.

      We will need to provide service to him both wide and from jjs.

  • Steve Smith

    A more likely outcome is that we wait 12 months to get him on a free and then lose out on him to Derby or whoever is newly promoted as they will offer him more money.

  • jack

    Apparently west brom have told Newcastle to do one , to be honest I can’t blame them ,but don’t think he’s worth the money in the first place , put your hand in your pocket Ashley . Where’s all the money gone you crook

    • Wezza

      In MASH Holdings or one of his other holding black holes.

      • jack

        He’s taken millions from this club and how we are still in debt with him god knows ,I hope he gets found out for what he is , a low life crook

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      Eh, bit of a contradiction. If you were WBA you’d refuse an offer that was above you valuation?

      • jack

        Well I wouldn’t say it was a contradiction because I don’t think he is worth that sort of money ,but saying that to offer 4m for him is a little cheeky , and to offer 15m more at the end of the season is rank bad business seeing his contact runs out in a year , but that’s typical of the Ashley regime , where’s the money Bobbi we’re the laughing stock of the premiere , any surely you’ve seen the light now or begin in beginning too

      • jack

        And if the fee is above Newcastle’s valuation , then why offer 15million more at the end of the loan period , that’s a contradiction

  • Tony English

    HONEST SKY SPORTS REPORT:

    “We understand from the agent of Salomon Rondon, that he would like us to link his client to a Premier League club with a pish poor roster of strikers. As we have 24 hours a day to fill we’ll gladly throw the fans a bone, it might well get Rondon a move somewhere. You heard it here first”

  • Slim_Newcastle

    Rondon?! Unbelievable how far this club has fallen under Ashley. On a level with the strikers we already have but older. It would be funny if it wasn’t so ridiculous. Save your season ticket money and we’ll organise a whip-round and have Ashley assassinated.

  • robbersdog

    So we’re scraping the bottom of the proverbial piggy-bank in order to find a few quid to buy a striker who’s not very prolific, has just got relegated and is long past the age when any significant improvement could be expected?

    This all sounds a bit desperate, so maybe we should just keep what/who we’ve already got, ie, Mitro, and make the best of it. We can excuse the purchase of one complete turkey (Joselu), but let’s not make a habit of it.

  • whitleylad

    We’d be Caracas to buy him!

    • Weyhhadaway

      Boom Boom

  • Wezza

    Won’t even get him anyway we won’t pay the going rate.

  • Ram Kishore

    We will never know what really was offered and neither do we know if he is the one we are after..
    Maybe we might have enquired about him but the offers, loan enquiry all could be someone’s misleading act