The Mirror have claimed West Ham United are to make a second offer for West Bromwich Albion striker Salomon Rondon, with Newcastle United seemingly yet to make a bid.
Rondon, 29, shone on loan at Newcastle last season from West Brom, in a deal which saw Dwight Gayle go to the Hawthorns. The Venezuelan powerhouse scored 12 goals, and laid on an impressive seven assists.
The former Zenit St. Petersburg and Malaga striker is said to be keen on a return to Newcastle, though the departure of Rafa Benitez may influence his decision. West Ham are looking to take advantage.
The east Londoners have already had a bid of £10million plus out-of-favour players Jordan Hugill and Sam Byram rejected. Now, they are looking to get their man with a bid of £12million plus add-ons.
Newcastle are yet to move with owner Mike Ashley keen to sign players that have resale value, and with Rondon turning 30 in September, he is of the belief that Rondon will start to decline.
TBR’s view – Newcastle have to rival West Ham for Rondon
Regardless of resale value, regardless of his age, regardless of Rafa Benitez, Newcastle must do their all to sign Salomon Rondon – if they are looking to show any kind of ambition.
The striker was the attacking spearhead for Newcastle last season, with him and Ayoze Perez scoring goals from nothing and pushing The Toon up the table and away from a relegation scrap.
Forget the factors, Rondon was excellent last season and he is loved by fans. If Ashley wants to get supporters back on side, at least a bit, signing Rondon is the best place to start.