Newcastle are being linked Malaga striker Jose Salomon Rondon.
Jose Salomon Rondon – 22 year-old has 27 goals at Malaga
And this is the not the first time Newcastle have been linked with this player, as there was news back in April and May of last year, that Newcastle were watching the striker – now aged 22.
There are certainly doubts surrounding Demba Ba at Newcastle, and the Magpies are expected to bring in another young striker this summer, even if Demba Ba stays at the club.
Demba Ba is now 27, his Senegal striker team-mate Papiss Cisse is 26, and local lad Shola Ameobi is 30, so there is room for a good young striker to come into the club this summer, with Dutch striker Luuk de Jong being heavily linked with Newcastle.
Jose Salomon Rondon was born in Caracus in Venezuala back in 1989, and he has played 24 times for his country with 8 goals, and the news is that Chelsea and Arsenal are also interested in the player.
The striker joined Malaga from Las Palmas in July of 2010, for a reported fee of €3.5M, which is around £2.8M, and he has since scored 27 goals in 72 appearances for Malaga over the last couple of seasons.
The 6’1″ striker started his career at Aragua FC in the Venezuelan first division, and made his debut at just 17 against Carabobo FC, back in October of 2006.
And Malga had a very good season last term, finishing in 4th place in La Liga, with 58 points from their 38 games, and made the qualifying round of the European Champions League.
But if the news that Malaga want big money for their youngster is true – as much as £20M is being quoted by some accounts – then forget it, because there’s no way Newcastle would pay that much for an unproven 22 year-old.
Maybe Newcastle need to move for the next player on Graham’s Carr’s list of top young strikers, if that is true.
What do you think?