Chinese club Dalian Yifang have made an approach to sign West Bromwich Albion striker Salomon Rondon this summer, according to the Express & Star.
The Chinese Super League club are now managed by Rafa Benitez and the former Newcastle United boss is keen to reunite himself with the 29-year-old, who spent last season on loan at St James’ Park.
Rondon scored eleven goals in 32 Premier League games for Newcastle last season and Benitez was keen to sign the striker on a permanent deal, before he left St James’ Park last month.
It is unclear whether Dalian Yifang have triggered Rondon’s release clause with their bid for the striker, although they are understood to be offering more than any of the three Premier League clubs he has been linked with.
West Brom are also in the market for a new striker this summer, after losing Dwight Gayle and Jay Rodriguez this summer.
Rondon seems to have no intention of returning to West Brom this summer and it seems like it’s only a matter of time before he leaves The Hawthorns on a permanent deal.
A move to Dalian Yifang would probably represent the best deal for the Baggies, but is is unclear whether Rondon would be prepared to move to China.
Benitez was able to get the best out of Rondon for Newcastle last season and the striker could be tempted by the chance to play under him again.
He would also be on significantly more money in China than he is currently at West Brom, so there’s a decent chance that he could be tempted by the move.
West Brom are in desperate need of a new striker this summer and they could use the money they get for Rondon to buy a prolific goalscorer.
If the Baggies fail to sign a top striker before the end of the transfer window, then it’s very difficult to see them challenging for automatic promotion next season.