Premier League side Newcastle United aren’t willing to pay more than £12million to secure the services of Salomon Rondon on a permanent deal, according to reports from the Daily Mail.
The striker moved to St. James’ Park from West Bromwich Albion in the summer, on a season-long loan deal which saw Dwight Gayle move the other way.
The Venezuelan forward has since become a revelation in the North East, scoring 10 goals in 27 appearances for Rafa Benitez’s men with the club looking to keep him for good beyond this season.
Rondon is believed to have a £16.5million buy-out clause in his contract at the Hawthorns, which means that Newcastle would be free to discuss personal terms with the striker once it is triggered.
But reports from the Daily Mail claim that the Magpies are reluctant to pay more than £12million for the powerful forward, which could present them with a massive blow in completing a permanent deal.
West Ham United have been credited with an interest in the 10-goal forward, so Newcastle will be hoping to secure a swift agreement with the Baggies.
West Brom signed Rondon from Zenit St. Petersburg in 2015 for a club-record fee of £12million, so the West Midlands club will be wanting to ensure that they do not make a loss in his potential sale.
It surprises me to see Newcastle unwilling to pay that little bit extra for Rondon, which would ultimately activate the clause in his contract.
Nevertheless, if I were West Brom, I would be snapping Newcastle’s hand off for £12million.
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.