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.