The Mail are reporting today that Newcastle are about to close a deal, after many many weeks to take Salomon Rondon on loan for the season with an option to buy next year.
It is still not clear whether Dwight Gayle will go in the other direction on loan with an option for West Brom to buy next summer.
If Dwight cannot agree on personal terms with the Baggies, then he will stay at Newcastle and then we will have both Rondon and Gayle as strikers next season to add to Joselu, Muto, and Perez.
Salomon Rondon – to sign loan deal today
That would give us more striking power up front with scoring goals one of our real weaknesses last season.
If Dwight Gayle does go on loan, we will still be a bit thin for strikers and hope that somehow Rafa can get another striker through the door in the next 12 days or so before the window closes on August 9th.
Aleksandar Mitrovic’ move to Fulham for an initial £22M should also be announced today.
Things are delicately positioned at the moment in this transfer window for Newcastle and if Rafa can get Rondon in and a fullback – we will have done quite well in the transfer window.
It will not have been a complete disaster – even though Ashley has not allowed Rafa to spend much money at all this summer – for whatever reason.
Getting Dubravka, Schar, and Sung-yueng into the club for an outlay of just £7M was a masterstroke by Rafa Benitez.