Newcastle have been linked with trying to sign Salomon Rondon since early June this year when we were told he had a relegation release clause of £16.5M in his contract.
Salmon has one year left on his contract and Newcastle cheekily tried to arrange a one-year loan deal.
But West Brom only want a sale this summer so they can get some money for him before he would become a free agent next summer.
This thing has been dragging on and on all summer, and it appears that Newcastle don’t have the £16.5M to buy him.
Dwight Gayle – wants to stay at Newcastle
So Rafa has been pushed into trying to do a swap deal involving Dwight Gayle, and one report is that agreement had been reached with Dwight and£3M going to West Brom for Rondon.
Ig that goes through we will not have added to our striker numbers although Rondon has done well in the Premier League these last three years.
The Birmingham Mail today are reporting the deal is not close:
“Newcastle United forward Dwight Gayle is a target and could be involved in a deal that sees Salomon Rondon head in the opposite direction.”
“The Magpies have expressed an interest in signing Rondon on loan, but Albion will only let the Venezuelan leave in a permanent switch.”
“Talks are ongoing, but a deal is not thought to be close, contrary to some media reports.”
George Caulkin of the Times has also reported today the reason for the hold-up is not all that surprising – Dwight Gayle wants to stay at Newcastle and doesn’t want to move to West Brom and back into the Championship.
This is a tweet George put out in answer to a Newcastle fan asking what the situation was with the Rondon deal:
“As things stand, I don’t think Gayle wants to leave NUFC which is both fair enough and impressive in many ways.
“So that is delaying things.”
This is Newcastle’s summer saga – why does it always take Newcastle so long to sign a player?
They make it look so very complicated and difficult.