At long last, Salomon Rondon is set to join Newcastle United.
The Venezuelan international striker is on Tyneside and has been photographed at the Hilton Hotel on the Gateshead side of the Tyne (see below).
Meanwhile, Dwight Gayle is reported to be down in the West Midlands and set to join West Brom.
The two strikers were each left out of their respective club squads for the games on Saturday.
The transfers have taken an eternity and done nobody any favours, the late nature of the deals undoubtedly contributing to West Brom’s first game loss to Bolton, whilst Rafa Benitez will be handed a forward at last – but one who he has had next to no chance to work with in pre-season.
On Wednesday, Sky Sports said that talks on an exchange deal or player plus cash arrangement had stalled.
However, now they report that the deal will be a swap loan deal plus cash, the two strikers swapping clubs for one year, with the Baggies reportedly banking £2m as well, as part of the swap loan deal.
— Liam Peterson (@liampeterson) August 5, 2018
It is scarcely believable that this is the position Rafa Benitez has fond himself in, selling a striker (Mitro) for £22m (which could rise to £27m), yet having to wait forever for his own signing AND it then being this kind of desperate swap loan arrangement, making it look like we are anything but a club with Premier League level revenues.
Here’s hoping it now goes through without a hitch and that Salomon Rondon can help prove part of the answer to a goal-shy team who haven’t scored in the last almost five hours of friendly football.
The Mag – 1 August 2018:
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…