Newcastle’s Proposed Deal To Sign Another Striker Is Progressing – But Slowly

The Mail are reporting today that Rafa Benitez now wants West Brom striker Salomon Rondon as Newcastle’s next signing,

Newcastle have signed center-back Fabian Schar from Deportivo for £3M and have a deal for striker Yoshinori Muto ready to be completed for £9.5M – once he gets his work permit.

Aleksandar Mitrovic will leave Newcastle imminently for an initial £22M payment to Fulham and Rafa is now keen to add more players to the squad to add some competition.

Salomon Rondon – coming on loan to Newcastle?

Newcastle are trying to get a straight swap deal between Salomon Rondon and Dwight Gayle.

As part of the deal, Rondon will sign a one-year extension to his contract so he will not become a free agent next summer and West Brom can still get a transfer fee for him.

This proposed deal suggests Rafa has little to no money to spend in this summer’s transfer window and that has to be a problem for the Newcastle manager.

Both loans will include an option to buy next summer.

And since Dwight Gayle did not get a run-out against Porto in the 0-0 draw last night, we assume this deal is getting close.

We hope it’s getting close but we’d prefer Rondon to come in and Dwight Gayle to stay at Newcastle for next season.

But it’s one striker out and one in for Newcastle, so we still need to sign another striker before August 9th.

Comments welcome.

104 comments so far

  • hibbit

    Jul 29, 2018 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #3
  • hibbit

    Jul 29, 2018 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #4
  • Jib

    Jul 29, 2018 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #5

    Rafa seems to be having a good look at
    Sterry , Roberts , Armstrong ,and Longstaff

    I doubt Lascelles is going anywhere he was
    the only player not to be subbed.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 29, 2018 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #6

    Jail…I read Sutty’s argument and I have lent ears to your nonsense for years…

    …I think the “behave” part in on you pal!

  • Munster Mag

    Jul 29, 2018 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #7

    Truly shocking that we have to swap but rondon will give us more than gayle.

  • DaveD1000

    Jul 29, 2018 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #8

    no one gives a toss bud

  • Get up salmon

    Jul 29, 2018 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #9

    Lejune out injured we would be complete idiots to sell the captain
    Saying that though it is mr ashley

    I wouldnt be surprised at all

  • magscar

    Jul 29, 2018 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #10

    Whichever stiker is brought in he needs to be able to play with his back to goal as well.

    Rafa is building his counter attacking style but as last night showed when we are forced to play spells with our backs against the wall we need someone who can compete for and hold a ball up until we get back on attack.Otherwise we are back under the cosh.

    Pace is usually king but not in all circumstances.

  • ToonTiger

    Jul 29, 2018 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #11

    Rondon i feel would be a backwards move, would rather have Wellbeck if available.

    I wouldnt complain if some Mitro money was used to bring Loftus Cheek in.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 29, 2018 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #12

    So are we going to waste all the Mitro money on this fantastic specimen?

    What do you reckon Jail…is that all you can hope to get for £20M or are they just baying players behind Rafa’s back?

    At the end of the day it’s always better to buy someone than no one…we can always try and lose money on him down the road (if we can ship him 😉 )

  • Munster Mag

    Jul 29, 2018 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #13

    Jib from what I saw in Dublin Roberts and longstaff definitely have something to offer. If we don’t have any money (why??) and have to swap gayle for rondon then we might aswell keep arma. I have a feeling /hope that the money saved on rondon will allow us to strengthen at full back or back up to shelvey or right hand side

  • Lovem or Hatem

    Jul 29, 2018 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #14

    I hope the swap is happening to allow money to be spent on AMC and LB. I could imagine we will make a bid for Diego Reyes

  • ToonTiger

    Jul 29, 2018 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #15

    Arma would be a good squad player now and knows where the net is. Sterry looked ok @ Hull

  • DaveD1000

    Jul 29, 2018 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #16

    Can’t make up my mind on Rondon. The times I have seen him play, he and Rodrigues(?) stood out but not dazzling superfantastic. I think I’ll just trust that Rafa knows way better than me what is available and doable.

    Last night just when I was thinking Dubs looked rusty……..worldies galore. So yeah, trust the Gaffa.

  • Munster Mag

    Jul 29, 2018 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #17

    Magscar I think rondon will give us that. He is a good compromise between gayle and Joselu although in reality I’d prefer both were gone and upgraded.

  • jazzyp

    Jul 29, 2018 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #18

    So let me get this right, we refused to sign mitro for less than £22m. That means we rate him as a 20 million plus striker. We have bid less for other strikers and refused to go higher so are in effect saying those players are worse than mitrovic yet we sold him?
    Why we are at it we might as well have a clean sweep and let Josepoo leave as well

  • hibbit

    Jul 29, 2018 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #19

    what money this deal is looking like a swap Gayle for Rondon
    doesn’t seem to be much money changing hands

  • hibbit

    Jul 29, 2018 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #20

    if indeed it is straight swap i think Rondon brings a lot more to the table than Gayle in the Premiership

  • Get up salmon

    Jul 29, 2018 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #21

    Id take rondon hes a beast, id like to keep gayle though i think he will have a good season if he was more confident last season he would of had 20+ goals, to me at least, he just looked to be short of it.

    But rondon, muto, perez, horsepoo doesnt look much improved if not a down grade on mitro, gayle, perez, horsepoo

    You would have to speculate:
    Rondon 1st choice lead st with horse poo back up
    Then perez behind with muto back up (in this case possibly either way around)

  • jazzyp

    Jul 29, 2018 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #22

    After initially being opposed to a deal which would take Gayle to West Brom in return for Rondon, Newcastle look to have come around to the idea. The main reason for that is surely the signing of Japan international Yoshinori Muto, who will act as a replacement for Gayle should he leave. In terms of the deal itself, it was always going to be a tough one to negotiate, with loan swap deals rarely ever seen in the Premier League. Nixon does not state from which side the disagreement is coming from, but you would assume it’s Gayle, who would likely have to take a pay cut to join the Baggies in the Championship. Newcastle may have to end up helping out with Gayle’s wages, something which they would surely be happy to do if it secured them Rondon on loan. Conversely, they are about to rake in around £20million from the sale of Aleksandar Mitrovic, and they could turn around and splash out the £16million required to take Rondon on a permanent deal. 

  • magscar

    Jul 29, 2018 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #23


    Haven’t watched enough of him to be sure but he does seem to fit both but just would like more (I know don’t we all).

    Just being an upgrade on Joselu isn’t enough if we haven’t got a true no 10 either. The best of that type of striker doesn’t come cheap though and unless we are going to break our transfer record it is going to be much different than Rondon.

    LeJeune absence will need to be covered but as someone posted earlier may be that could be a loan. Dummet can cover at a pinch but we aren’t well off for LB’s anyway. Can’t think of anyone coming through either.

    Not sure if any of the youngsters we have seen will be kept in squad ( had to take them on pre-season given shortage of numbers with injuries and potential transfers in and out) but some good performances at times and 1 or 2 will have caught Rafa’s eye for future.

    On a positive note given who has been coached by thus far and the tactics adopted then may be Rafa is seeing someone he could polishinto a much more effective player

  • Optimistic Panda

    Jul 29, 2018 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #24

    How anyone can believe Nufc is run well as a club or a business is beyond me.

    The club doesn’t have a pot to piss in, the facilities are in 5hit state. The manager is beg steal and borrowing to try and get a squad together.

    Ashley only has SDs best interests at heart, the club is rudderless and adrift and going to sink very soon if he keeps up his current course.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 29, 2018 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #25

    Our transfer business has been a shambles for a long time now. It looked liked it had changed when Rafa was given free reign to get us promoted yet has reverted back to normal after his mission was achieved, in fact just before it was achieved. Hence he won’t be around much longer to be a part of it.

  • DaveD1000

    Jul 29, 2018 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #26

    Gayle,the last half a dozen games last season he seemed to have a step change. He was getting in gk faces and chasing everything. I was hoping for big things from him this season.

  • outside the box

    Jul 29, 2018 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #27

    from last night it was evident we need a lb …joe bryan would also allow dummett to be cover at cb at about £6m
    we need a cf …more so since mitro going ….rondon would fit bill alongside muto …but with mitro money we should also be able to get tammy from chelski for about £15m esp. if gayle goes ..sorted get going penfold

  • jazzyp

    Jul 29, 2018 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #28


    Don’t come on here and trash talk mate.You will be classed as a neggar who doesn’t have the best interest of the club at heart,Even tho you voice the truth

  • Get up salmon

    Jul 29, 2018 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #29

    Looking in the loft just found some old vhs video cassettes the black and white video magazine volume one complete series and the official complete review videos from 91/92, 92/93, 93/94, 94/95, 95/96, 96/97, 99,00 must of lost a few over the years although i remember my old Rottweiler eating the fa cup greatest wins vhs he had the tape inside wrapped around his face when i got home from kickboxing

  • Optimistic Panda

    Jul 29, 2018 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #30


    I don’t care, if people can’t see the wood for the trees they shouldn’t mind a baseball bat in the mush.

    Most of those spouting the other rubbish are just looking for attention, you know the ones.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Jul 29, 2018 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #31

    It should read

    If he continues is current course of action.

    I’ll save you the bother jib

  • kilcline

    Jul 29, 2018 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #32

    When will we show some ambition and sign Batshuayi for £35m?

    – the number 9 who will get the fans excited and will score 15-20 easily in the prem (100 minutes per goal last season!)
    – has the sell on value that Ashley craves
    – gives him the chance to be the main man
    – will make a huge difference to the team

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 29, 2018 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #33

    Jazzyp…I can be on a flight in a jiffy…just tell me where to pick Joselu up and I’ll drive him back to Stoke and say HaHa good prank! You got us in the best Fergie style 😉

  • jazzyp

    Jul 29, 2018 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #34

    Sell Merino for £10m, buy Ki on a free; sell Mbemba for £7.6m, buy Schar for £3.5m; sell Mitro for £16-£18m, buy Muro for £9.5m – anyone spot a pattern here?

  • jazzyp

    Jul 29, 2018 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #35


    I just find it strange that there has been talk of getting Josepoo off our books as it’s quite clear he won’t make the grade.Championship maybe but not Pl standard.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 29, 2018 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #36

    Jazzyp…who will take him on his PL wages…

    That’s issue with strategy “better to buy someone than no one regardless”!

    And yes we most certain see a pattern with transfers…the same issue as always! Ashley wants to make a potential profit on each new player but he just rarely does unless he buys real talent!

  • Optimistic Panda

    Jul 29, 2018 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #37


    When your strategy in the transfer market is to gamble with a cheaper option every time then you’re eventually going to reap the rewards.

    The club constantly gambles and buys several players hoping for the best. Now and again they find a PURPLE and sell them on for what looks like a great profit. Unfortunately the other players they bought aren’t fit for purpose and are over paid.

    So any money gained from the sale of the PURPLE is now being used to pay the wages of the other gambles who haven’t cut it.

    Basically for every Cabaye and Ba there’s a Colback Xisco Best etc etc etc, players no where near the first team sucking money out of the club.

    It doesn’t work and the last 11 years show it.
    The club’s penniless with very few real assets on the pitch either.

    The club’s debt has doubled blah blah.

    It’s laughable that anyone thinks the club’s run well or in decent shape.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 29, 2018 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #38

    OP #37…very eloquently put mate…great post!

  • leonado_keng

    Jul 29, 2018 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #39

    If Ashley not spend money from Mitro sales, I think toon should have demonstrate and stop to buy every thing in Sport direct

  • Optimistic Panda

    Jul 29, 2018 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #40

    If Ashleys running of the club is the best way as a business and a club why aren’t more club’s around the world ran the same?


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