West Bromwich Albion striker Salomon Rondon is at the centre of a three-way transfer tussle between Chelsea, West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur this summer, according to a report by The Mirror.
Rondon is attracting a lot of interest following West Brom’s relegation to the Championship and the Baggies are struggling to hold onto him.
But they are not prepared to let the Venezuela international leave on the cheap and will not entertain any offers below £16m, which is his preset release clause.
Chelsea, Tottenham and West Ham are now considering moves for the physical centre-forward, who has scored 24 goals in 108 Premier League outings for West Brom.
West Ham could look for a new striker if Jordan Hugill leaves as expected – either on loan or permanently – to provide competition for unsettled Javier Hernandez, injury-prone Andy Carroll and star man Marko Arnautovic, who is on Manchester United’s radar.
Spurs are also keen on bringing in a striker to provide back-up for Harry Kane with Vincent Janssen and Fernando Llorente struggling in front of goal in the last two seasons.
Chelsea, meanwhile, were linked with a number of powerful strikers in January as they looked to add muscle to their forward ranks and Rondon would compete with Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata for a starting berth at Stamford Bridge.
Rondon would probably be back-up at any of these clubs should he leave West Brom this summer but he is a useful reserve option for any of them.
Given his physical size, stature and immense power, he is a handful for any defender, even if he is not the most prolific.
But if no team is willing to match his release clause, West Brom would benefit from having a top flight standard striker in the Championship.
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