The Chronicle have claimed that Newcastle United have received a boost over their pursuit of Salomon Rondon, despite interest from Wolverhampton Wanderers and Fenerbahce.
The 29-year-old starred for Newcastle last season, clocking up 12 goals in 33 league and cup appearances for The Toon. He did the number nine shirt justice, developing fan favourite status in just one season.
It is believed that any interested parties will have to spend £16.5million to sign Rondon permanently from West Bromwich Albion. The Baggies failure to gain promotion means the clause has been reinstated for the summer.
Any move for Rondon hinges on whether Rafa Benitez remains at the club, which is yet to be confirmed. But the Toon have been given a boost, which puts them in pole position ahead of Wolves and Fenerbahce.
That because, as per the report, Rondon is desperate to remain in the number nine jersey at St. James’ Park, and will wait for an offer from Newcastle before making a decision on his future this summer.
Rondon is an absolute must-buy for Newcastle. There is little else to say, so the news that Rondon will wait for an offer from Newcastle is a huge boost for the Tyneside club.
All that is left is for owner Mike Ashley to fork out the required fee, or at least push through a takeover as soon as possible so the new hierarchy can fund a move to sign Rondon this summer. It remains to be seen what will happen.