Newcastle have finally announced that we have taken Salmon on loan for the season.
Rafa has wanted him since last May and Newcastle have finally got their man with just three full days remaining in the transfer window.
Rondon will wear the number 9 shirt previously worn by Dwight Gayle who today joined West Brom on loan.
The Newcastle website added this:
Newcastle United are delighted to confirm the signing of striker Salómon Rondón on a season-long loan from West Bromwich Albion.
As part of the deal to secure Rafa Benitez’s number one transfer target, Dwight Gayle moves in the opposite direction and will remain on loan with the Baggies for their 2018/2019 Championship campaign.
Rondon joins fellow summer arrivals Martin Dubravka, Kenedy, Ki Sung-yueng, Fabian Schar and Yoshinori Muto as the club further strengthens Rafa Benítez’s squad, which finished tenth last season.
New loan signing Salomon Rondon – notice how Sports Direct had to be in the picture
Salomon said this after his signing:
“It’s an honor to be here and I’m excited to get started with my teammates.”
“The clubs were talking for a long time and now I’m focused on the season to help my teammates to get the points to do well this season.”
“It’s one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League and I knew about the interest of the gaffer, so I’m happy to be here.”
Newcastle United manager, Rafa Benitez, added this:
“I am delighted to sign Salomon.”
“When we were looking for options up front, we knew how important experience would be. Salomon has been in the Premier League for a while and he knows how demanding it is.”
“He, together with Yoshinori Muto, will give us different options and will improve the competition between the strikers, which is always positive for the team.”
It’s good to get Rondon signed – now for two or three more players signed in the final three full days of this transfer window.