Wolverhampton Wanderers will rival Newcastle United for Salomon Rondon this summer, according to The Daily Mail.
Rondon scored 12 goals (including 11 in the league) in 33 games on loan at Newcastle this season. But his future is uncertain as he returns to West Brom.
Newcastle would like to make Rondon’s move permanent. Working alongside Ayoze Perez, the Venezuela international has been an important part of Rafa Benitez’s plans.
However, the Magpies are trying to drive down West Brom’s asking price. With the Baggies set for another season in the second-tier, Rondon’s £16.5m release clause is active.
Newcastle are exploring the possibility of using Dwight Gayle as a makeweight but Wolves could pounce. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side might trigger Rondon’s release clause.
Wolves have Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota as a front two and this pairing has been devastatingly effective. But after a seventh-place finish, Wolves could qualify for the Europa League.
Nuno knows he needs squad depth to cope with the demand of European fixtures. And Rondon has been identified as a target.
The powerful 29-year-old would add strength in depth for Wolves. And this is what some members of the Wolves fanbase think about signing Rondon.
— Dan Southall (@WolfInDerby) May 16, 2019
Would be astonished if #wwfc signed Rondon just because £16.5m for a 29 year old is money you’re never going to see again.
Not that he’s not good enough or we don’t need forwards, because he is and we do.
— Oli (@oliktwit) May 16, 2019
Would any of the top 6 take Rondon?
That’s what you need to ask yourself. Whatever the answer. Then there is your answer for us. Progression.
— 1877Wolves (@WolvesTruth) May 16, 2019
16 Mill for Rondon is a bargain.. Imagine not wanting him at wolves 🤦♂️#wwfc
— W💛LVES (@adamBriant1993) May 16, 2019
#wwfc do like the ‘try before you buy’ method and it’s worked very well so far, so I’d definitely expect some more of that as well.
Rondon is different to what #wwfc already have, so he improves the options, particularly against the sides that will sit back.
— Ryan Leister (@MrRyanLeister) May 16, 2019
Straight swap for Adama? #wwfc
— Robin Marchesi (@robinmarchesi) May 16, 2019