Salomon Rondon has reportedly given Newcastle United first refusal on a permanent deal in the summer transfer window, despite interest from The Magpies’ Premier League rivals Everton.
Rondon has enjoyed an outstanding season on loan from West Brom at St James’ Park, scoring nine times in the league to help steer Rafael Benitez’ side clear of the relegation places.
The Venezuelan striker still has a year remaining on his contract at The Hawthorns, but there is a clause in his loan deal that gives Newcastle the option to purchase the striker for £16.5million in the summer, if The Baggies fail to win promotion to the Premier League.
According to The Chronicle, remaining at Newcastle is Rondon’s preferred option for the summer, although promotion back to the Premier League, would increase the buyout price Newcastle would have to put forward to over £20million.
Speaking earlier in the month about discussion around his future with Newcastle, Rondon is quoted as saying: “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%”
Rondon’s performances this season have demonstrated his ability at Premier League level, and you feel Newcastle will be desperate to keep him.
Newcastle however a club renowned for spending money, despite the signing of Miguel Almiron for a club record fee in January, so Rondon could be in the unusual position of hoping his own club fail to win promotion.