West Brom chief Luke Dowling says that Newcastle are still keen to sign experienced hitman Salomon Rondon despite the fact that Rafa Benitez will leave the club on Sunday.
According to the Daily Star, Dowling somewhat surprisingly insists that the departure of Benitez will not kill Newcastle’s interest in the Venezuelan international.
He said: “We’re quite happy to say that we will sell Salomon. We don’t want a player that’s had a season like that staying around with us and walking away on a Bosman.
“Salomon has had the taste of Newcastle. He went back to a Premier League club and if he plays in England that’s where he wants to be. As we understand it Newcastle still have an interest in him.”
Perhaps Dowling is just doing his best to shift a player that Spotrac claim is earning £60,000-a-week – which would be a huge amount for a Championship club to pay out all season.
Because it seemed as if Benitez was the only one at Newcastle in favour of splashing the cash on an older player like Rondon, with Mike Ashley staunchly sticking to his policy of only signing younger players with resale value.
So now that Benitez has gone, it would be a surprise if Newcastle are still keen – and also if Rondon was keen to rejoin now that the manager who brought him in has left and the club has been plunged deeper into the mire.