West Ham have joined Premier League rivals Newcastle in expressing an interest in West Brom striker Salomon Rondon in the summer transfer window, it has been reported by The Northern Echo.
Rondon has scored 10 times in all competitions for Newcastle this season, but reports have claimed that Magpies owner Mike Ashley is reluctant to sign the Venezuelan international because he is set to turn 30 in the summer.
The Northern Echo are now reporting that Rondon’s time in the Premier League may not be over, even if Newcastle chose not to sign him permanently and West Brom fail to win promotion, as West Ham are planning a bid of their own for the striker.
The London side are reportedly planning a wide scale changeover in their attacking options in the summer, with Rondon their number one target, with the issue of the Venezuelan’s age not thought to be a concern for The Hammers in the way that it could be for Newcastle.
This would be a good signing for West Ham.
Injuries to Andy Carroll mean Manuel Pellegrini’s side have lacked the presence of a physical target man to lead their attacking line this season.
With Carroll looking like he could be on his way out of the London Stadium in the summer, West Ham will be keen to bring in another number nine, and Rondon has shown this season that he can still perform that role effectively at the top level.