The Daily Mail have claimed that Newcastle United are only willing to offer £12million to sign Salomon Rondon on a permanent basis from Championship side West Bromwich Albion.
Rondon, 29, joined Newcastle on a season-long loan from the Baggies last summer in a move that saw Dwight Gayle move south to West Brom on a similar deal. Both have impressed at their temporary clubs.
Newcastle are keen to make a move for Rondon permanent. But the Venezuela international’s contract includes a clause worth £16.5million – which becomes active if West Brom fail to gain promotion.
It is believed the Baggies will not listen to offers below that figure. Newcastle have some convincing to do, then, given that they are only willing to go as high as £12million. Rondon has 10 goals and five assists in 27 outings for the Toon.
One way or another, Newcastle have to sign Rondon. They have no time for arguing a fee, because the longer a deal drags on, the more likely another team could swoop in and meet West Brom’s asking price.
But Newcastle do have a trump card in the form of Gayle. Indeed, he has netted 17 times in 32 league games this season and West Brom will be sure to keep the former Crystal Palace attacker.
Offering Gayle as part of a deal for Rondon as well as a cash sum would surely be a move all parties could agree to.