West Bromwich Albion forward Salomon Rondon has recently insisted that he wants to join Newcastle United on a permanent deal in the summer, after an impressive loan spell in the North East.
The Venezuelan forward has endured an enjoyable time at St. James’ Park since his loan switch from Albion in the summer, scoring 10 goals in a total of 28 appearances for the Magpies this season.
It was a frustrating time for the 29-year old at the Hawthorns after arriving from Zenit St. Petersburg in 2015, but the striker has been given a new lease of life under Rafa Benitez, and he has now insisted that he wants to stay.
He said: “They know what I want and what my family want. I have spoken with them and made it clear – if there is an opportunity for me to be here – I’ll stay here 100%.”
Of course, West Brom are still firmly in the driving seat as the two clubs look to complete a deal. Reports towards the end of February claimed that the Magpies would have to pay around £16million if they wished to sign Rondon on a permanent deal, so it’s clear that the West Midlands side will benefit hugely in terms of finance.
With that being said, here, we take a look at three strikers that West Brom should be considering in the summer after this update on Salomon Rondon…
A no-brainer – Gayle has been exceptional since moving to West Brom as part of the Rondon swap deal, and the club would surely love to keep him permanently having scored 16 goals in 29 games this season.
Reports claimed that the Magpies could offer £6million plus Gayle if they wished to land Rondon, which would be another piece of shrewd business by the Baggies.
He didn’t score too many goals in the Premier League with Newcastle, but in a system which he knows and gets the best out of him, Gayle would be a revelation in the top-flight should Albion secure promotion this term.
Should a move for Gayle fail to materialise and West Brom receive multi-million pounds from the Rondon sale, then Neal Maupay should surely be considered by West Brom.
The Frenchman has been magnificent for Brentford this season, scoring 23 goals in all competitions for Thomas Frank’s men.
A bit like Jay Rodriguez, Maupay brings just more goals to the side having produced eight assists this season, and the prolific striker would surely be open to a move to the Premier League, if not a high-flying Championship side in the summer.
McBurnie has been Swansea’s standout performer this season, and would be another exciting option for West Brom.
The 22-year old has scored 18 goals for Graham Potter’s men this term, with the Welsh club currently languishing in mid-table.
Darren Moore could definitely sell the club’s ambition and size to McBurnie, and they could definitely afford him if Rondon were to leave for big bucks.