The Star on Sunday reported yesterday that West Brom striker has now become Newcastle’s top striker target.
Former top target 25-year-old French striker Alassane Plea from Nice completed his move to Borussia Monchengladbach for £22M on Saturday.
Not sure if we were willing to bid £20M we couldn’t have gone in with a second bid a little higher and closed the deal.
AS we all know by now, Rondon has a £16.5M relegation release clause in his contract, but with other costs such as agents’ fees, that figure will be higher.
26-year-old Bournemouth striker Joshua King
Under the guidance of Rafa Benitez Rondon could be an improvement as a frontman over what we have in the squad at the moment.
It also looks like Rafa thinks Dwight Gayle can start to score goals for us next season if he can get some big players in up front.
The other striker that Rafa has been keen on for a couple of years now is 26-year-old Bournemouth striker Joshua King.
He was unhappy last season because he was not played in a striker role by Bournemouth and could be available from the south coast club.
But the former Manchester United trainee and 33 times capped Norwegian International (12 goals) could come at a price Newcastle are unable or unwilling to pay.
That has been the case over the last four transfer windows, and nothing seems to be too different this summer.
Maybe our best bet is a loan deal with an option to buy for King.
Newcastle already have one in place for 22-year-old Kenedy, and this would be the second one allowed from another Premier League club.
We’d take Rondon and King come into the club, but we also need another fullback and maybe another forward brought in too.
Danny Ings is available for £20M from Liverpool, but we cannot see many clubs willing to pay that for a striker who has been injured an awful lot over the three years he’s been at Liverpool.
The only way we could get him in is via a loan deal with an option to buy next summer.
What do you think?