French side Marseille have joined the race to sign West Brom striker Salomon Rondon, La Provence have reported.
Rondon enjoyed an impressive campaign on loan in the Premier League last season, scoring 12 goals in 33 appearances in all competitions for Newcastle, helping The Magpies to secure the Premier League status.
The Daily Mail recently reported that West Brom are looking to negotiate a deal that could see Rondon return to St James’ Park next season, if Dwight Gayle moves the other way as he did last season. The Chronicle meanwhile have reported that Premier League duo West Ham and Wolves have been put off by the Baggies £16.5million asking price for the striker despite previous interest in Rondon.
The French side only appointed former Chelsea and Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas as manager at the end of last month, with the Portuguese having previously worked with Rondon at Russian side Zenit St Petersburg.
Villas-Boas is now thought to see Rondon as an ideal replacement to another familiar face to English football: Mario Balotelli, who is set to leave the club following the expiration of his contract in the summer, as they look to improve on their fifth place finish in the French top tier last season.
This is an interesting twist in the Rondon saga.
While it is almost certain that Rondon will leave The Hawthorns in the summer, his next destination is now somewhat unclear.
It had appeared that Newcastle had been favourites for the striker, though you wonder whether the size of a club such as Marseille along with the links with Villas-Boas could turn the Venezuelan’s head as he decides his future.