Transfer Saga Of The Summer Could End This Week – Maybe

The biggest soap opera saga this summer at Newcastle seems to be for West Brom striker Salomon Rondon.

We have been linked with the striker for weeks and weeks now – ever since Newcastle found out he had a £16.5M release clause in his contract.

At least that means he is one of Rafa’s top picks for a striker this summer.

And it still seems from reports coming in from Sky Sports that Newcastle still want to do a swap deal with Dwight Gayle going the other way to reduce the cash outlay.

Salomon Rondon – in preseason play this month

But why not pay the money for the striker and keep Dwight Gayle and then we’d have enough strikers for next season?

Rafa was coy on whether more money will be made available to him after selling Mitrovic to Fulham for £22M – a fee Newcastle will still not pay for any one player.

And Fulham is a club just promoted from the Championship.

This is what Rafa said about funds last night after the 0-0 draw at Porto:

“I don’t know the numbers or I don’t control the accounts, but I think if you do the maths we have enough money.”

Maybe buying Rondon outright is what Newcastle could do – although the news is that Dwight Gayle is talking to West Brom about personal terms if he does agree to join the Baggies.

They would need to be (very) good for Dwight to drop down a league next season.

West Brom want Dwight signed before their first game of the season next Saturday at home to Bolton Wanderers.

Let’s hope this Rondon saga is over very shortly.

Comments welcome.

28 comments so far

  • chicousa

    Jul 29, 2018 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #1

    You know who might do a job for West Brom instead of Gayle??? Why Joselu of course! Get it done Lee. ?

  • Phil K

    Jul 29, 2018 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #2

    I’d prefer to keep Gayle. This bloke is neither a regular scorer nor a great target man
    Seems overpriced for what he produces

  • Jib

    Jul 29, 2018 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #3

    Sometimes it needs an American to think
    outside the box
    well done Chico good idea

  • 9

    Jul 29, 2018 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #4

    Could be that Rondon is a real improvement for us – in fact, if you look at our manager’s preferences, since he wouldn’t even have Mitro on the bench while he was here, Rondon has only to be a little better than Drosselu to be an improvement on what we realistically had available. Plus the Jap. Then there’s Gayle: why not keep him? If he goes, an extra striker would be needed. Who knows?

  • JDdubai

    Jul 29, 2018 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #5

    Gayle’s finishing is poor but his pace, closing down and being the runner for shelvey’s passing stretched every defence last season and gave us the out-ball when we needed it, especially towards the end of the season in our big wins.

    not sure playing a target man like rondon will help so much, shelveys passing needs a runner on the last man, will see how it goes i guess but i wouldnt be that against keeping gayle- obvs an upgrade to a gayle who finishes chances would be ideal but in our situation that player would cost 20+m so not going to happen.

  • chicousa

    Jul 29, 2018 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #6

    Thanks Jib. Happy to help! 😉

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 29, 2018 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #7

    Toonces…I wouldn’t mind talking about the job each of these players have done if that’s the case…

    Usually a players value increases when said player had done a great job…could indicate that was not the case here…

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 29, 2018 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #8

    Anybody who thought that the players brought in to help with promotion were going to be replaced in three or four windows need a dose of reality.

  • c-dog

    Jul 29, 2018 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #9

    It’s a case of a saga which stirs up limited excitement

  • Moonraker15

    Jul 29, 2018 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #10

    Isn’t it amazing how Rafa, despite all the so-called financial problems, is again improving the squad at very little cost?
    A sign of where we could be!

  • Jib

    Jul 29, 2018 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #11

    There’s honestly no comparison
    between Gayle and Rondon
    The Venezuelan has 66 international
    caps and won the Russian Super cup
    with Villas Boas at St Petersburg

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 29, 2018 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #12

    We got promoted as Champions, what’s the issue here.

  • Lovem or Hatem

    Jul 29, 2018 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #13

    I think we have enough strikers. We got Joselu, Perez, Armstrong and Muto. So swap Gayle for Rondon and get Bryan and a decent AMC eg Dr Arrescaeta

  • Lovem or Hatem

    Jul 29, 2018 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #14

    * De

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jul 29, 2018 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #15

    I’m hoping rondon and a top striker but not holding my breath.

    A centre back – think that’ll be Lejeune season over personally

    full back to give better competition to yedlin and dummet. Bryan please

    Replacement for Hayden. Rock solid dm.

    Number 10/attacking midfielder. Least likely spot to get filled yet again.

    I’d sell darlow but think he’ll stay.

  • Toonces

    Jul 29, 2018 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #16

    Jesper @ 7

    I have already agreed that Hanley, Sels, and Lazaar were poor. We’re still stuck with Lazaar and his deadwood deal.

    Gamez, Murphy came in. Did a job and moved on.

    The others did well enough for Rafa to keep for our first season in the PL, and were contributors to a team that finished 10th.

    What point are you arguing?

  • Online Guy

    Jul 29, 2018 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #17


    I accept your not one of the multiples .

    Secondly I was surprised to see you mention my name alongside Bladeys..who is clearly a Daft Sunderland fan infiltrating this website..

    You mentioned me an put me down and used my name in an argument that had nothing to do with me, at a time when we had not engaged in any conversation..of course I’m going to comment and come out fighting my corner, as you would …yes?.

    Anyway you have posted in a logical way last post so I’m OK.

    I thought we were mates and then I see you having a pop at a time when my back is turned, so to speak.

    Good Luck. No hard feelings here.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Jul 29, 2018 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #18


    I’m not knocking Rondon but using the Russian super cup to big him up sounds like Pardew and the Johnstone trophy.

    When you’re in the gutter like yourself no stretch is too far I suppose.

    What next Ashley for the noble peace prize for his humanitarian deeds.

    Pi55 off, you knock Ed and spout more shit than the new billion pound sewer ever will, you’re a virus to this blog.

    Have a day off ffs

  • 9

    Jul 29, 2018 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #19

    Don’t you think our owner will have a big cheesy grin all over his chops at the talent Rafa has attracted on zero net funds this window? Don’t you think this will convince him even more that his financial tactics are correct?

  • 9

    Jul 29, 2018 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #20

    (sorry to bring the post back to the future, and football)

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 29, 2018 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #22

    I don’t think anyone thought they would be replaced…they are merely highlighting that the current issue is we are stuck with these players…

    That’s the dose of reality we are alluding to

  • Dave76

    Jul 29, 2018 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #23

    It is unlikely to happen, but would everyone be happy if we broke even on transfers.then spent the supposed 30m we were going to have for players on improving the training grounds and infrastructure as rafa wants before signing a new contract

  • jane

    Jul 29, 2018 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #24

    “they are merely highlighting that the current issue is we are stuck with these players”

    that’s why progress has to be over a few years

    and beyond
    winning stuff

    the squad strengthens as a few players are changed each season. can’t be done all at once.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 29, 2018 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #25

    Toonces…that only to player were moved on. Both players we took a Lise on. One should have been kept.

    Only Richie had been a revelation. Diame had a great second part of last season.

    Yes Sels, Lazaar, and Hanley were poor. The rest couldn’t be shifted. Those we have shifted now we took a lose on again.

    Been said ones already but you didn’t really get it the first time around…

    What job had these player done your so proud of. They have been very poor so far:

    – Yedlin – not been that great
    -Manq – poor
    -Murphy – has been a £12M letdown
    -Atsu – seems to be a Championship player
    – Merino – had a great start sad to see him go before we really had the opportunity to see him
    Clarke – did well in the Championship
    – Gayle – we are trying to shift him each season
    – Joselu – don’t understand this one

    We are all please about the finish last season. I am also pleased we finished 5th under Pardew

  • c-dog

    Jul 29, 2018 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #26

    Jane jumps in when the jibs chips are down ??

  • dig-n-dig22

    Jul 29, 2018 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #27

    Jesper 25
    to be fair to Murphy, he put in some good performances when he was given continued game time on the pitch but for some reason only known to Rafa was given another long stint on the bench again, hardly a confidence builder for the lad.

  • LetuscloneShearer

    Jul 30, 2018 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #28

    The only striker we are keeping now is Joselu? WTF. Gayle out and mitro out, but the donkey Joselu still in. This is bad transfers all the way. What does Rondon have that Mitro does not have`? This is bad


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