The Salomon Rondon and West Bromwich Albion saga is likely to dominate the headlines for the majority of the summer transfer window.
The powerful forward has endured an impressive loan spell with top-flight outfit Newcastle United, scoring 10 goals in a total of 28 appearances for the Magpies this season.
After enduring such a refreshing spell in the North East, the Venezuelan has recently insisted that he wants to stay with Rafa Benitez’ men beyond the end of this campaign, which is bound to very welcoming news for the Geordies.
He said to the Chronicle: “They know what I want and what my family want. I have spoken with them and made it clear – if there is an opportunity for me to be here – I’ll stay here 100%.”
If the Magpies are to strike a permament deal for Rondon, then this is, of course, down to his parent club West Bromwich Albion – reports towards the end of February claimed that Albion may look to demand around £16million for the striker, although news has also emerged that a swap deal could be on the cards.
In the middle of this saga is Baggies loanee Dwight Gayle – the prolific forward moved to The Hawthorns as part of the Rondon transfer in the summer, and the 28-year old has lived up to expectations and has been clinical in front of goal.
The forward has played an integral role in the Baggies’ promotion push, scoring 16 goals in 29 games this term, and has been given a new lease of life under Darren Moore.
Gayle was influential for Newcastle as they won the Championship title in 2016/17, but failed to get a look-in in the Premier League under Benitez. You feel, though, that if Albion were to be promoted this season, Gayle would be their main man, and he’ll be hungry to prove a point that he can score regularly in the top-flight.
Whilst speculation is rife, Gayle’s head must solely be focused on West Bromwich Albion…