West Bromwich Albion have told Newcastle United that they will have to pay around £16 million if they wish to sign Salomon Rondon on a permanent deal, according to reports from the Northern Echo.
The 29-year old signed for Newcastle in the summer with Dwight Gayle coming the other way, and has impressed for the Magpies since his move to St. James’ Park, scoring nine goals in 25 games for the top-flight side.
Having already triggered an automatic 12-month extension clause in the Venezuelan forward’s contract, it is believed that the West Brom hierarchy are refusing to lower their asking price from the £16 million that they demanded for the striker in the summer.
Reports also claim that the Magpies could look to strike a permanent deal for Rondon by offering the Baggies £6million plus Dwight Gayle as part of the deal, in order to tempt the Baggies into selling Rondon.
Gayle has been sensational for West Brom since his arrival from St. James’ Park in the summer, scoring 16 goals in 27 appearances for Darren Moore’s men this term.
The Baggies currently sit 4th in the Sky Bet Championship table, with two massive games against Sheffield United and Leeds coming up in the next few weeks.
I would say that this is fantastic business from West Brom to be quite honest.
Even if Newcastle don’t want to give Gayle away as part of the deal, then the Baggies would still get around £16 million for Rondon, which would allow Moore to strengthen his squad massively.
£6 million plus Gayle would be incredible business from West Brom, however, so it will be interesting to see how this one pans out.