West Ham United are reportedly interested in a move for Salomon Rondon this summer. As reported by the Daily Star, the Hammers are keen on signing the player from West Brom.
The Venezuelan thrived at Newcastle United last season. However, the Magpies’ age-restricted transfer policy suggests they will not pay his £16.5 million release clause. West Ham, according to the Daily Star, are prepared to do so.
Given his relationship with the West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini, that should come as no surprise.
The Chilean managed Rondon during his time at Malaga. Rondon and Pellegrini both arrived at La Rosaleda in 2010. Rondon scored 27 goals in his near two seasons under the West Ham boss before heading to Rubin Kazan in a big-money deal in 2012.
In fact, when West Brom signed Rondon in 2015, the Daily Mail suggested that Tony Pulis was given a rave review of the Venezuela international by Pellegrini.
In fact, when Pellegrini was Manchester City manager, Rondon was linked with a move to the Citizens – as reported by Sky Sports.
So clearly the West Ham manager has a lot of faith in the Newcastle loanee. He has previously worked with him and thought enough of him to suggest a fellow manager complete his signing. Clearly, there is a potentially excellent relationship between the two. So bringing him to London would certainly make sense and should excite West Ham supporters.