Newcastle United are reportedly now preparing a bid for West Brom striker Salomon Rondon, after missing out on their other top transfer target.
The Express and Star report that manager Rafa Benitez wanted Nice striker Alassane Plea, but has been put off by the £27m asking price. That leaves Spurs free to pursue Plea, with the Magpies turning their attentions to Rondon.
The 28-year old is said to be happy at the Hawthorns, but a relegation release clause makes it easy for Newcastle to lodge a bid. He’s available for £16.5m this summer, courtesy of that contractual clause.
Rondon joined the Baggies in 2015 for a club-record fee of £12m and he’s scored 23 Premier League goals across his three-season stay in the West Midlands, including seven last season.
The Venezuelan has made 108 appearances in the English top-flight in total following his move from Zenith, and has 19 international goals from 69 appearances, the most recent of which came in March 2017 against Chile.
Rondon hasn’t exactly been prolific in the top-flight and a £4m profit on the striker wouldn’t be bad business at all. That money could go a long way in the Championship, Jack Marriott for instance comes in at £6m and would likely score as many as Rondon.
The Plea asking price might be a blessing for Darren Moore as he’ll want as much funding as possible for the upcoming promotion campaign.