Wolves make approach to West Brom for Salomon Rondon – Report
The opening of the summer transfer window has brought reports on Thursday morning that Wolves have been in touch with West Brom, to talk about the possibility of signing Salomon Rondon.
The Mail say that their information is that the Premier League club have made contact to clarify exactly how much the Venezuelan striker would cost.
Widespread reporting has claimed that this figure is £16.5m as a Championship release clause, now that West Brom are confirmed as a second tier club for next season.
The Mail say that Wolves have followed up their approach with ‘initial proposals’ for buying Salomon Rondon.
The newspaper adding that clubs from both La Liga and Serie A have also approached the Baggies about the striker. Rondon played for four years in Spain earlier in his career, a couple of years each at Las Palmas and Malaga.
As with all transfer stories you believe what you want.
However, what is for sure is that by failing to make his move permanent during his year on loan, Newcastle United have opened the door to other clubs coming in and taking him. Not forgetting of course that Mike Ashley blocked Rafa Benitez from buying the forward last summer, only allowing a loan deal which also meant Rafa having to let Dwight Gayle move in the other direction.
The Mail say that as part of their ambitious plans, Wolves want to grow their squad, as well as push on off the pitch (they released details of a stadium development this week that would see them have a much increased capacity).
Wolves have pretty much done, and continue to do, everything after promotion that Newcastle fans hoped would happen at their club.
The Midlands club having heavily backed the manager with signings and that ambition seeing them finish seventh and just miss out on an FA Cup final.
Some seven weeks ago they completed a £30m+ permanent move for Raul Jimenez, who had been on loan from Benfica. Th Mexican striker is 28.
Wolves said by The Mail to want strong competition up front and see Newcastle’s player of the season Salomon Rondon as a value for money buy, with the 29 year old’s price set at £16.5m.
It was the start of March when Salomon Rondon went public (see below) with news that he had held talks with NUFC and laid out to Mike Ashley and his people, what needed to happen to sign him permanently.
With now 11 weeks to have passed by and nothing happened, you could hardly blame Salomon Rondon if he listens to offers from elsewhere, especially clubs showing ambition.
The Mag – 4 March 2019:
Salomon Rondon talking to the Chronicle:
“They [Newcastle United/ Mike Ashley] know what I want and what my family want.
“I have spoken with them and made it clear.
“If there is an opportunity for me to be here, I will stay here 100%.
“If not I will say thank you to everybody and see what happens next.
“I don’t think so [when asked about claims that Newcastle had tried to make deal into permanent signing in January].
“I was focused on games in December and January, as there were many, many games.
“I have left it all to my agent.
“It’s a pleasure to be here and my family are settled and happy to be here, I play with the number nine on my back and it is a pleasure for me.
“I am still on loan but if I get to stay here then I’ll be at a beautiful place.
“If not I will say thank you and wish you all luck for the future.
“I love being here…being here is great for me, I am settled here.
“I will be trying to score more goals and then we will see what happens in the future, I’m only on loan so you never know what happens.
“If I could stay many years here I’d love to, I love wearing the number nine and scoring goals for the team.”
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