Exclusive – 4th Target Close To Signing – But Money In Short Supply

TEAMtalk in an exclusive report are saying that Newcastle are expected to sign top striker target Salomon Rondon in the next week.

The initial deal will be for a season-long loan deal, and the club have offered £4M to West Brom up front, and they are prepared to pay another £15M next summer to make the move permanent.

We are assuming this is an option to buy and not an obligation to buy.

But West Brom would be happier to get the full amount this summer to help them after their relegation to the Championship, but they need to get his wages off the books.

Rondon was on an enormous £75K/week, and that has been cut to £40K/week because of relegation and Newcastle will pick up his wages.

Salomon Rondon – to sign on loan at Newcastle?

His release clause is £16.5M, but it seems that West Brom have agreed with Newcastle’s loan proposal and TEAMtalk are reporting the deal will go through in the next week.

We shall see.

Mike Ashley is not willing to pay for a permanent move which with agent’s fees gets close to£20M for the 28-year-old.

Another loan deal also points to an extreme shortage of money at Newcastle for this transfer window although if we can only get decent players in via loans, it’s better than nothing at all.

With Rafa’s coaching, it could be that Rondon can become a good player for us next season and he is a powerful striker.

The Venezuelan International striker is said to be the man Rafa wants to replace Aleksandar Mitrovic who will move to Fulham on a permanent move.

Mitro wants things sorted out by a week tomorrow so if we can get Rondon in on loan then Mitro can move permanently to Fulham by July 25th – which is the deadline he has set for his own future to be sorted out.

The good news is that Rafa wants Rondon at Newcastle for next season and he’ll get him – if only on loan.

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • Pottsclock

    Jul 17, 2018 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #1

    Underwhelming if this is our lead striker than we are getting in.

  • SredniVashtar

    Jul 17, 2018 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #2

    Slow down ed! The bus moved off while I was typing this masterpiece (I always intend to write short posts but they somehow turn into essays?)

    TNMW from previous

    Ramirez is a decent shout – although he hasn’t exactly ripped up any trees at Everton. If we were to sign him it would probably be on loan with an option to buy which would be a good deal imo – test whether he’s any good then pay a fee set in advance if we want him.

    Re newspapers – I would agree to an extent. The most “shouty” ones are very much like that (looking at you, Daily Mail, but you’re not the only one) however there are some more measured papers out there (the economist is good, as is the guardian for the most part). The more measured papers tend to be “more boring” while the more accusations and loud papers tend to sell more and are thus present in greater volumes and placed at the top of piles, making them seem more ever-present.
    Apologies if I’ve talked too much politics – I have very strong, very passionate and some would say very radical political beliefs, but one of those beliefs is that people should not shout their political opinions on platforms where it is clearly not welcome (like a football blog!).
    Anyway – I think we can agree that the only truly reliable source of news is Ed’s articles!

  • jazzyp

    Jul 17, 2018 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #3

    Rondons contract is up in 2019 according to the news outlets this morning so why would pay 15 mill next summer??

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 17, 2018 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #4

    was happy with dubravka, kenedy and ki, but rondon looks a backward step and if he bombs i really hope we aren’t obligated to buy him outright, but with the hapless charnley who knows.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 17, 2018 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #5

    Rondon record

    2006–2008 Aragua 49 (15)
    2008–2010 Las Palmas 46 (10)
    2010–2012 Málaga 67 (25)
    2012–2014 Rubin Kazan 36 (13)
    2014–2015 Zenit Saint Petersburg 37 (20)
    2015– West Bromwich Albion 108 (24)

    For West Brom scored 1 in every 4.5 games replicate that to the season – he would score between 8 and 9 goals in a season – not many but remember who managed the team Pulis who was not noted for his attacking teams and Pardew most of last season

    If he does come would like to see come Matt Philips with him – absolutely tore our best full-back – Dummett to shreds at the end of last season and scored a good goal

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 17, 2018 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #6

    Sredni, what? You’re telling me that people no longer choose their papers for the size of the boobs captured within?
    I’ve always told my kids that in order to understand the truth of any subject you have to read more than one source then make your own mind up about the truth. They normally roll their eyes and tell me to stop going on, but that’s by the by

  • Bianconeri

    Jul 17, 2018 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #7

    This just doesn’t make sense.
    If we are spending nigh on 20 million for him I’d sooner have King.
    Unless of course ashley has no intention of taking up the option to buy.If it’s an obligation to buy then it’s a poor deal in my eyes

  • TomaKaThor

    Jul 17, 2018 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #8

    Yes we are short on funds, which makes not a lick of sense, previous player sales? Promotion season? 10th place finish money? TV Money? This man should not be allowed to run a football club, bleeding it dry for personal gain… How much money do these psychopathic billionaires need?

  • lochinvar

    Jul 17, 2018 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #9

    “Top striker target ” .
    Anyone spot the flaws in this statement – clue, there’s three of them.
    Teamtalk is just another rumour factory and failed to research what Jazzyp revealed above about his contract.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jul 17, 2018 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #10

    why would we pay some striker with limited time at the top 75k a week for 3-4 years and on top of that pay out almost £20m. a one year loan is fair enough while we look for someone better.

    i just read Kelland Watts has got called up for the england euro u-19 squad. anyone know anything about him? all i can see from pictures is that he’s pretty massive for his age and wears the number 8. him and sangare must terrify the kids in midfield at that level.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jul 17, 2018 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #11

    Pulis was ideal for Rondon. I daresay he gets a lot of goals with his head so the constant crosses and corners would have ensured he was getting the best possible service for his type.

  • geordiesteve520

    Jul 17, 2018 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #12

    If he signs, he might make a good foil for Armstrong

  • Benton Toon Exile

    Jul 17, 2018 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #13

    Ashley is still refusing to fund anything, and no doubt hoping someone will pay is inflated price for a business he has stripped and used as a cash cow for 10 years…..Get out of our club you Fat Cuckoo!

  • BeeGuy

    Jul 17, 2018 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #14

    The press can only talk about the players that have not been signed. That list grows shorter by the day, and includes fewer and fewer decent players. So, soon NUFC would not want to buy any, and will look to other clubs that want to get some of their developing talent some game time or over-the-hill talent off the payroll. Hell of a way to run a railroad.

  • SuperShearer

    Jul 17, 2018 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #15

    IF this deal is true it once again screams that MA is simply looking to sell the club. He has no interest in putting any money in… But wait…. it’s not HIS money. He’s made it clear the club have to wash their own face, so why withhold funds Fatty? We were in the Prem last season, we made good money. So at the very least you’d expect there to be some money there…. oh wait…. sorry Chubs…. I forgot about the agent fees which means even if we sign someone on a FREE – it’s not free, we probably had to pay Ki’s agent about £20 million. In fact, we’ve probably broken our transfer record this season. Bore off!

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 17, 2018 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #16

    The next

    Mind you last season we got down the wings and pinged crosses over but alas we had a midget striker in Gayle in which crosses went over the head and Joselu who was twenty yards behind.

  • Lascelles sells sea shells by the sea shore

    Jul 17, 2018 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #17

    I’m so excited about the 1300 hrs Rafa interview today (thanks for that info Jib) but unfortunately I’ll be in the dentist chair getting assaulted so I’ll have to catch up when I get home.

    This is the time of reckoning in my opinion when so much more can be revealed by Rafa. His body language will tell us all what we need to know.

  • nufc 11

    Jul 17, 2018 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #18

    Do puma actually pay NUFC in cash to be kit supplier or do they pay Ashley with last season’s sports wear for his Sports Direct shops? Something has always smelled rotten about that Puma deal. What happened to the money FUN 88 are paying to be club sponsor? or MRF tyres to be sleeve sponsor? the 123 million PL TV money? We were supposed to be 143 million in debt coming up last season what happened to the money from the sales of gini, sissoko and Townsend 65 million I think? We are never short of hearing Ashley is buying into this new failing or distressed brand or businesses in the uk when the opportunity arises he always has cash for that or 900 million property development deals in London something is very very off here folks.

  • nufc 11

    Jul 17, 2018 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #19



  • thepict

    Jul 17, 2018 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #20

    We have received 120 million from sky. How can their be no money available. Has fatty had sticky fingers again?

  • Phil K

    Jul 19, 2018 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #21

    I get the impression Ashley wants Benitez to go of his own volition and get another worthless tit in like Pardew or the other lapdog who’s name isn’t important enough to recall


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