The West Bromwich Albion striker has been identified by Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez as the man to lead his front line in the 2018/19 Premier League season and, according to Teamtalk, the Magpies may be able to arrange a cut-price deal.
Reports suggest that Newcastle want the deal to initially be a loan and £4 million fee which they will then make permanent next summer by paying a further £15 million, a shrewd bit of business by Benitez.
There’s no denying Rondon’s talent and, although his current side West Brom were ultimately relegated from the Premier League last season, the Venezuelan forward has proved himself to be a tried and tested striker in the English top flight, and a move to Newcastle could just be the perfect remedy to reignite his career.
Rondon would bring with him to St James’ Park Champions League and Europa League experience from his time playing for Zenit St Petersberg in Russia, a quality Rafael Benitez seems keen to incorporate into his side next season in the push for European football.
Although Rondon’s Premier League goal-scoring record isn’t exactly prolific; scoring 24 times in 108 appearances, it’s often the forward’s ability to bully and intimidate defenders off the ball that have gained him plaudits in recent years.
The most significant factor when concerning this move has to be that Rondon will in no doubt be given the time to prove himself as Benitez’ number one striker, with Serbian international Aleksander Mitrovic looking set to complete a move to Fulham before the transfer window shuts; and it’s this kind of confidence shown in his ability that will bring the best out of the burly forward.