Just when you think things can’t get any worse, Sky Sports have now revealed on Wednesday morning that Newcastle’s attempts to sign Salomon Rondon have gone nowhere so far.
The broadcaster says that the transfer attempt has ‘stalled’ eight days before the transfer window ends.
Sky Sports say the deal to try and swap Rondon for Dwight Gayle isn’t happening because West Brom aren’t willing to pay Gayle what he is getting at Newcastle United.
Salomon Rondon was a £15m buy three years ago from a Zenit St Petersburg club that paid/pays big money on players transfer fees and wages, so unlikely that Rondon is on any less than the Newcastle striker.
However, it would be understandable that West Brom wouldn’t want to hand out a long-term deal on similar money to Gayle, with no guarantee they will be escaping from the Championship at the first attempt.
The way this supposed transfer has dragged on for so long, didn’t exactly encourage you, though you still hoped that at least once Mitro was sold that it could potentially be quickly concluded.
Newcastle fans though should be rightly allowed to question why Dwight Gayle ever had to be tied into any possibility of Salomon Rondon arriving.
If Newcastle can sell a striker for £22m (which could rise to £27m), why can’t they afford the £16.5m Rondon release clause, or even better, buy a striker for £22m+ with more potential to be able to score goals?
You have to really worry where this will all end.
Actually I can just hear Lee Charnley on the phone now, wondering whether Islam Slimani is available on loan, regardless of whether he is injured or not…