Salomon Rondon is set to be a Newcastle United player in the very near future.
Sunday afternoon has seen Sky Sports report that West Brom and Newcastle are now in talks, with the Venezuelan striker set to stay in the Premier League.
He has a £16.5m release clause which nobody has appeared keen to activate so far, so if Newcastle do indeed buy him, it will be interested to hear what the supposed transfer fee actually is.
The Salomon Rondo transfer saga appears to be coming to an end thanks to the finishing line being reached on another transfer saga.
Aleksandar Mitrovic now in London for his medical after Fulham agreed to pay Newcastle a reported £22m, which could allegedly rise to £27m with add-ons.
Sky Sports say their information is that Dwight Gayle could be a straight replacement for Rondon, or as a player plus cash deal.
Rafa Benitez has left Gayle out of the last two friendlies even though he currently only has Joselu as his other main striker, the former Stoke reserve starting all three friendlies so far.
‘Newcastle are in talks with West Brom to sign striker Salomon Rondon, according to Sky sources.
We understand the Venezuela international has a £16.5m release clause in his contract and Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez sees him as a replacement for Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Newcastle have stepped up their interest in Rondon following the Serb’s proposed transfer to Fulham, which is close to completion, with Mitrovic now in London for a medical.
The move for Rondon could involve Dwight Gayle going in the other direction – either in a straight loan-swap or a player-plus-cash deal.’