Newcastle United are reportedly unwilling to pay more than £12million to sign Salomon Rondon on a permanent deal in the summer.
The Venezuelan has made an impressive impact on loan from West Bromwich Albion this season, scoring 10 goals in a total of 27 games for the Magpies.
The striker is believed to have a £16.5million buy-out clause in his current deal at the Hawthorns, which if activated, would mean that United would be free to discuss personal terms with the forward.
But with reported interest from West Ham United circling, reports from the Daily Mail claim that the Magpies are reluctant to pay more than £12million for Rondon, who has one year left on his contract with Albion.
The £12million would match the fee Albion originally paid for Rondon when they signed him from Zenit St. Petersburg in 2015 – here, we discuss what West Brom’s next action should be…
“I would be snapping Newcastle’s hand off for £12million if I were West Brom.
“They wouldn’t be losing any money for him as they originally paid that for him in the first place, and it could really help them out if they stay in the Championship next season with no parachute payments set to come their way.
“I don’t see why Newcastle don’t just to pay an extra £4.5million for him, but that’s football I guess.”
“They should just accept it.
“They aren’t going to be getting anything more than £12m for Rondon and that’s a more than good enough fee for the Baggies.
“They can use that money to strengthen their squad in the summer.”
“£12 million would still be a good price for West Brom, particularly when you think what they could get in return.
“If Rondon was to join Newcastle, that would likely mean there would be no more space in the Magpies’ squad for a certain Dwight Gayle, who has been as impressive on loan at West Brom from Newcastle as Rondon has going the other way.
“If Rondon was to go to Newcastle for that fee, you imagine it would cover at the very least a sizeable portion of Gayle, or anyone else for that matter, coming the other way.”