Newcastle United icon Nobby Solano has told the Evening Chronicle that his old side simply have to sign striker Salomon Rondon on a permanent basis from West Bromwich Albion.
Rondon, 29, joined Newcastle on loan last summer in a deal that saw Dwight Gayle move to the Hawthorns. The former Malaga and Zenit St. Petersburg has taken to life in the north east.
Indeed, the 72-time Venezuela international has scored 10 goals for Newcastle this season – as well as laying on five assists. In a team that struggles to score goals, that is an impressive record.
It is believed that Rondon has a release clause at West Brom worth £16million, and Newcastle could even tempt the Baggies to lower that price by including Gayle in a permanent deal. Solano urged Newcastle to get a deal done.
“Rondon should be signed,” Solano said. “He’s been very good for the team and is top scorer. Newcastle don’t have to spend massive money here. Would they get a top level striker for £16million if they don’t sign Rondon?
“The answer is no. Another striker will cost much more. You have to keep the bulk of the players that have done a job here this season. But to do that you have to keep the manager.”
Rondon has been excellent for Newcastle this season, but rumours suggest that owner Mike Ashley is against signing the striker because of his lack of resale value.
The powerhouse turns 30 in September, and Ashley would rather sign a player that can be sold for more than they pay. With Rondon getting older, his value is only likely to decrease.
But his influence on the team this season is too difficult to ignore. Ashley has to open the chequebook and bring Rondon to St. James’ Park this summer.