Mediotempo have claimed that Newcastle United have had a £9.5million bid rejected by West Bromwich Albion for striker Salomon Rondon, who is also said to be of interest in Mexico.
The departure of Rafa Benitez is expected to be a huge factor in anything 29-year-old striker Rondon opts to do this summer, but it is believed that he still wants to strike a permanent move to St. James’ Park.
Rondon became a fans favourite, scoring 12 goals and laying on seven assists in 33 outings for The Toon. He became their attacking lynchpin, and was crucial in pushing the Tyneside club away from relegation.
But without Benitez, it remains to be seen if Newcastle will sign Rondon. Club chiefs want players with resale value, and reckon Rondon is losing that considering he turns 30 in September. He has a release clause of £16.5million.
However, the news that Newcastle have made an offer for Rondon is encouraging. It remains to be seen how much The Toon will spend, while Cruz Azul are also keen, but Rondon has no intention of a move to Mexico.
TBR’s view – Newcastle owner Ashley must make Rondon exception
Rondon is loved by fans, adored by his teammates and a proven Premier League goalscorer in a side that struggled to find the back of the net on a regular basis last season.
The powerful forward is crucial to Newcastle. Mike Ashley has already lost one big Newcastle name in Benitez, he cannot let that become two. Yes, the bid is encouraging, but £9.5million certainly is not enough.
West Brom may be willing to compromise from the release clause, but a fee has got to be much closer to £16.5million marker for the Baggies to consider a sale.