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.

Sky Sports:

‘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.’



  • Leicester Mag

    Even here difficult not to feel this is another on the cheap job given Gayle being effectively swapped. In isolation some of the deals make sense but as it stands we’ll be faced with having again made a transfer profit. Maybe Ash will surprise us when Messi rocks up down the Quayside.

  • Tino11

    This is what happens when Rafa’s hands are tied, we are now left with the squad being the same, (in fact weaker because of Lejeune’s injury) to what it was last season. We bench one gamble in The Hos and have to try another gamble in Rondon.

    • Wezza

      Exactly what I was thinking too. I don’t think we will get Rondon though, MA will block it. I really do think Muto is Mitrovic’s cheaper replacement.

      • Wor Lass

        I think you might be wrong on that one, mate. Rafa seemed very certain, when he was interviewed on Sky last night, that he would be getting another forward. i don`t think he would have been so forthcoming if he hadn`t known it was in the pipeline. Mind you, anything can happen where the fat pig and his b*mlickers are concerned. We seem to have been affter this guy for a while so I reckon he could actually be a Rafa pick.

        • Paul Patterson

          Keegan seemed very certain in 2008 that Milner wouldn’t be sold, then when he was, he was certain adequate replacements would be brought in. They weren’t.
          Pardew was certain that Carroll wouldn’t be sold, he was and replacements weren’t brought in. Rafa was confident that he’d built up a transfer surplus in the promotion season and would be allowed to spend, he wasn’t. Then it was the same last season and that he would be allowed to spend, he wasn’t.
          A familiar pattern orchestrated by a court proven liar..

          • Wor Lass

            Of course that`s right, Paul, but Rafa has surely been well enough schooled in the fat man`s duplicity to know when it`s happening and when it isn`t.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    They must be off their heads if they pay £16.5M for Rondon,
    look at his CV, then look to see how many other clubs have shown any interest in the guy when decent strikers are at a premium.
    He runs around a lot and works hard, well so does the Hoss.

    • Mrkgw

      Agreed. Don’t like to criticse Rafa but how can he seriously believe thst this bloke will solve our goalscoring problems. Rondon or Mitro? Fulham must be laughing at us.

      • Tino11

        I don’t think it was ability that Rafa didn’t see in Mitro, because even though I don’t think Mitro’s a world beater he is definitely better than Rondon ability wise, I think it was down to a lack of trust in Mitro’s ability to stick with the game plan and his temperament in having to stick to that game plan. Rightly or wrongly he didn’t trust him enough, in my opinion.

        • Albert Stubbins

          Yes I agree and lack of mobility. He was running in syrup when he did get the chance. I will bet the house he won’t score fifteen in the league for Fulham and that’s what they think k They’re getting for twenty million!!

          • Wor Lass

            That`s about right, I reckon, Albert. I`m sad to see him go because I thought he deserved a chance to show what he could do with a decent run. In the world cup he finished well when he got chances in the earlier games but “running in syrup” is a perfect description of what he looked like chasing the game. Good luck to him – I like Fulham`s style of play and hope he does almost as well as we do!

          • Albert Stubbins

            Yes mate. I think he will get a decent return at Fulham because of there style of play. Quick attacking players around him and a team on the front foot as much as possible. Hopefully he does well for them as he is a terrific character and will give his all for the cause. Good luck mitro.

      • Brian Standen

        Yeah Mitro scored loads of goals for us…….

      • Squintytoonarmy

        Next door neighbour is an Albion season ticket holder. Says Rondon works hard but messes up in front of goal – reckons he will get 10 goals max

        • Mrkgw

          So, marginally better than Hos and Gayle.

    • Albert Stubbins

      I think he wants Ings to play off him or muto to play in behind him depending on the opposition. Unlike mitro Rondon is very mobile and can link up better if playing as a loan striker. His lack of goals is a concern I agree but I think rondon gives us a lot more options which should benefit the team.

      • Paul Patterson

        If we got Ings, Muto, Rondon then yeah, all systems go. Fat chance..

        • Wor Lass

          When you say “Fat” …?

    • Mxpx

      Bet Adam Armstrong can work hard and run around alot too!

  • Jate Legend

    Swapping Gayle for Rondon is worth doing. But we need to then go and spend some of the 37m transfer surplus on a MF******** clinical striker.

  • Dillon Tovak

    Cash plus player swap with Gayle?
    It better be WB being the ones who are handing over the money. 🙄

  • Paul Patterson

    I’d prefer to see Gayle have a crack with some decent creativity behind him. Which we now have.
    If we pay £16m for Rondon and hand over Gayle, we’re nuts . .

  • Wor Lass

    It didn`t really work with Gayle last season, even though he grafted hard enough. On the few occasions I saw Rondon play he looked quite threatening without it actually taking off. A change is as good as a rest so maybe a change of club for the lads (and change of division in Dwight`s case – he`s always been labelled as not quite being good enough for the PL) will do them both some good and benefit the clubs. We`ve been after Rondon so much I have to think he is a real Rafa target and he sees potential in him. Mind you, what about the Hoss?

    • Jate Legend

      Were going to end up with 4 strikers. Looks like rondon muto Jos and Perez. It would be interesting if we finally bought a top class striker and sold jos but I think that’s out business done on strikers when this goes through.

      • Tino11

        Can’t see us buying another striker if we buy Rondon, I think Rafa might want another centre half because of Lejeune’s injury and I think he wants another fullback if we shift manquillo, I think Ashley will say 4 strikers is enough.

        • Jate Legend

          Aye this is it. It would be betterbif rondon was the jos style player and we had a top class striker.

      • Jezza

        “Were going to end up with 4 strikers. Looks like rondon muto Jos and Perez.”

        More like spot the striker.

        • Jate Legend

          Aye that’s what I’ve said elsewhere. Rondon should be the Jos style striker and we need a main man. Perez has done well for us.

      • mentalman

        Our striker options are also our no10 options so we are still quite short up front

  • DeadToiler

    Support the players whoever they are. Criticising them won’t help.

  • ClarkoIsADummy

    Just Noticed Something

    If you click on Clarko’s profile he joined DISQUS on August 18th 2015, if you click on ‘Ben Jones’ profile, he joined DISQUS on August 18th 2015, now what are the odds of two known trolls joining on the exact same date in the exact same year………….

    • Superdooperhooper

      When Ben Jones calls someone a dummy then the game is up

      • Ben Jones

        Dumpy

        • Superdooperhooper

          Dumpy? Yeah you’re mate mikes a little on the rotund side .

          • Ben Jones

            I’ll agree just to pacify-ya

          • Superdooperhooper

            You didn’t pick up on my grammatical error . That’s a disappointment

          • Ben Jones

            Clarko is too smart to fall for that one

          • Superdooperhooper

            I never said you and clarko are the same person just that you share a pedantic love of grammatical error

          • Ben Jones

            Yeah I make em and he corrects them. Polar opposites, I have a fondness for clarko, he’s analytical like me

          • Superdooperhooper

            No you both enjoy pointing out other people’s mistakes

          • Ben Jones

            Grammatical no you’re wrong, unless you can quote me of course

    • Jate Legend

      Get a job son.

      • ClarkoIsADummy

        I have one, I’m a Troll Slayer.

        • Tom oshea

          Correlation and causation

    • Billmag

      Why would you go into someone’s profile I think that’s very intrusive.

      • ClarkoIsADummy

        Clicking on their profile name is hardly intrusive is it 🙄

        • Ben Jones

          Sounds creepy to me I’ve gotta be honest

          • BenJonesBellEnd

            You would say that, multiple login troll that you are.

          • Ben Jones

            Who’s the multiple login troll me or clarko?

          • Ben Jones

            Where does it even tell you this information? I’ve tried looking and can’t find anyone’s disqus joining date

      • Dillon Tovak

        Hahahahahaha.

      • Brian Standen

        Creepy as well

    • Jezza

      They are the absolutely same person but that’s only the tip of he iceberg. He also posts as ghostbuster, Monkseaton Magpies, Mark Potter, Mike Adam, Martin Rooney and many more ID’s. All the pro Ashley trolling on this forum is done by two people, him and his brother who post under 40 odd different ID’s between them.

      • Burt Humperdink

        I have heard you and others state this and I suspect there is some silly nonsense on here to be sure, but how do you get to these very specific conclusions?

        I tried months ago to get to understand Leazes and try to work out if he was a Mackem or a maniac and could find no proof.

        • SuperDesHamilton

          It’s because their w****** Leazes is mentally unhinged. He got one of those trolls sacked from his job at the NHS because he didn’t like his opinion, hence why all fake accounts etc..he brought them here bevause he’s a grass

        • Wezza

          Jezza stated that a friend who is tech and IP savvy proved his IP were the same addresses I believe. They have been doing it on other forums too and have managed to get them shut down. I haven’t posted here that long and I can spot them a mile off but Leazes and Jezza are respectable veterans here and have had tons of experience with them.
          The best thing to do is block them as it hurts them more than replying!

  • Stephen Paylor

    I would rather we jump for someone a few years older. Rondon has the pace and power to play up top on his own but i think Josh King is a similar but better player and a few years younger. I also like Dominic Calvert Lewin at Everton and with their options i can see him being potentially available.

  • Brian Standen

    Don’t come here Rondon the negativity levels will have you jumping off the High Level Bridge by Christmas!

    • Billmag

      Brian someone has to tell the lad not to read The Mag.

      • Jate Legend

        Haha the lads can be canny negative like, with ample provocation it has to be said.

      • Brian Standen

        Every fan of NUFC has a right to an opinion, just as everyone has a right to attend or not!

        I’m fed up of defending myself because I choose to go despite the fact I detest what Ashley is doing to our club!

        But I reiterate he is just the latest in a long line of persons who own or run the club for their own means!

        At least give new players a chance before moaning about them!

        • Ba ba.

          Agree

        • Shields Mag

          Spot on there.

        • Geordiegiants

          If that’s the case Brian just sit and take it like you have for the last fifty years, no need to worry about the future fans who might as well just sit and take it because their ancestors couldn’t be bothered, or were more worried about missing their pals, or hadn’t missed a game for …….. years, or were just used to it.
          I’m pleased Churchill wasn’t a Newcastle fan!

          • Brian Standen

            Strange analogy in my humble opinion.
            As for worrying about future fans …. I do because i intend to be round for quite a while god wiling!

          • Ben Jones

            What about the children who have not been born yet? Won’t somebody think of the children!?!?!

    • Geordiegiants

      There’s loads to get excited about Brian!

  • robbersdog

    Rondon might be a bit of an upgrade on Gayle, but not by much. He’s got a better ‘all round’ game, but Gayle is a more natural scorer, so it’s swings and roundabouts.

    TBH, I’m more concerned by the fact that Lejeune is going to miss most of the season. He really blossomed last season, and looked like a good buy. His injury is sod’s law for all concerned.

  • Awaymag

    Salomon Rondon, sounds like a bad guy in a Disney cartoon

  • Stephen Paylor

    Surely Moussa Dembele from Celtic is a better option than Rondon? Maybe a little bit mor emoney but he is 21. Rondon will be 31 in 2 years and has no resale value. Makes more sense to me.

    • Kazie

      My point exactly.. Use all of the mitro money on Dembélé…

    • Burt Humperdink

      Dembele is my choice too.

  • Vodkamagpie

    How about we swap gayle for rondon, and buy danny welbeck for 16mil

  • Down Under Mag

    Not sure Rondon is the answer but I do think he is a better fit to our current setup than Mitro. The problem is we have just sold a 23 yo to buy a 30yo when the manager who wouldn’t play Mitro is most likely leaving at the end of the season because the owner won’t accomodate him in the market or guarrantee revamps to the acadmey setup.

  • Mrkgw

    Rondon deal is reportedly another loan. Where is the money going? Ashley out!

  • Rob

    I’d rather punt on Ings making it through 30+ games than Rondon providing goals at moment.

    Fulham must feel like mugs. They could’ve had Mitro for £10 million at Xmas.

  • mactoon

    Reports today say we are SELLING Mitrovic and taking Rondon on LOAN with Gayle going the other way. That just beggars belief.

  • NUFC9

    For my money Mitro and Gayle are better players than Rondon and Muto.
    They are both proven prolific scorers at Championship level and Mitro has a decent international record The jury is still out on both in the Premier League. Neither has been given a proper crack of the whip.

    Rondon has started nearly every PL game for 3 full years and has proven he doesn’t score many goals. 24 in 3 full seasons. Muto has a similar record in the German top flight.

    8 goals a year puts them on a par with Joselu who isn’t good enough and Perez who isn’t an all out striker. I’d fancy Mitro and/or Gayle to do better than that. Double figures if played regularly.

  • fistsofsteel2

    The issue with Newcastle is we are never going to cough up more than £20million for a player – and in today’s market that means we’ll only be buying players of the quality we already have. Thus we’re not actually improving the squad with ‘better’ players……we’re just filling it with more of the same quality players. Ashley could have bought ten £10million players in the window but it wouldn’t see our league placing improve. To do that you need to be buying a few players worth at least £50million in the current market. It’s NEVER going to happen.

    • NUFC9

      Very true. The real shame is the few times Ashley’s paid the going rate for a decent player and spent £10-15m, look at what we’ve sold them for or what they are worth now. Big profits on Mitro and Wijnaldum. Shelvey and Ritchie still here with increased values. Townsend now valued at 20m+ and Thauvin even higher. Even from an Ashley business perspective it makes sense to spend serious money on good players as long as you spend it wisely..