Newcastle United will get an opportunity to sign West Bromwich Albion striker Salomon Rondon on a permanent transfer this summer, but it could depend on Rafa Benitez’s future at St James’ Park, according to a report by the Chronicle Live.
The 29-year-old was an important player for the Magpies last season, after joining on a season-long loan from the Baggies, in a deal which also saw Newcastle striker Dwight Gayle move to the Hawthorns.
Rondon scored eleven goals in 32 Premier League appearances for Newcastle last season and the Venezuelan striker has reportedly attracted interest from a host of clubs, including Wolves, West Ham and Turkish giants Fenerbahce.
The forward has a release clause of £16.5million and while he is not going to be short of options this summer, this latest report states that his representatives will leave the door open for Newcastle to sign him on a permanent deal.
However, the report states that Newcastle’s most realistic chance of signing Rondon is if Benitez extends his contract at St James’ Park.
Rondon is unlikely to want to return to West Brom next season, after the Baggies failed to win promotion, so perhaps the Baggies should take this opportunity to cash in on the striker.
West Brom will probably need a new striker for next season, with Dwight Gayle having returned to Newcastle and Jay Rodriguez being linked with a move away from the Hawthorns.
If Albion are able to get £16.5million for Rondon, then they could use that money to by a new striker, to give them a better chance of achieving promotion to Premier League next season.