Salomon Rondon has passed a medical with Dalian Yifang ahead of completing a permanent transfer to the Chinese Super League side from West Brom.
The 29-year-old spent last season on loan at Newcastle after Albion were relegated and he enjoyed a fine campaign under Rafa Benitez, scoring 11 league goals and winning the club’s Player of the Year award.
And, the target man will link up with the Spanish manager again in the Far East, with Sky Sports reporter Lyall Thomas revealing that he has done his medical and that a move is imminent.
“Exclusive: Salomon Rondon has completed a medical with Dalian Yifang in China and only the final paperwork needs to be completed on his switch from West Brom.”
Whilst the size of the fee hasn’t been disclosed, it has been widely reported that Rondon has a £16.5m release clause in his contract and Albion will have expected a bid in that region to have been placed after the strikers performances in the past 12 months.
Providing the move is finalised, it will end Rondon’s four year association with the Baggies, with the Venezuela international scoring 24 Premier League goals over his three seasons.
Realistically, Albion knew they weren’t going to be able to keep hold of Rondon this summer so they will have been concentrating on moving him out as quickly as possible.
Even if the £16.5m release clause isn’t paid, the striker will command a huge fee for a Championship side and Slaven Bilic will be wanting to use that money to reinvest.
From Rondon’s perspective, this is a great move financially and he is going to play under a manager he knows very well.
So, it suits all parties and Albion will want it done as soon as possible so they can focus on bringing in new faces in the final third.
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