Now that West Brom have failed to get the promotion they had hoped for straight back to the Premier League this season, they have let every club know that it will cost them £16.5M for their striker Salomon Rondon.
And they want to move quickly since they will be bringing in other players this summer to mount a strong bid for promotion next season.
Rondon had his best season in the Premier League ever under the guidance of Rafa Benitez, and the Uruguayan International scored 12 goals of which 11 were in the Premier League.
He also had 7 assists, so there’s no doubt the 29-year-old had a productive season wearing the famous Newcastle number 9 shirt.
Wolves tried to break the loan agreement Newcastle had with the Baggies for Rondon in January, but that wasn’t possible.
But they are now keen to sign Rondon in the summer and they will be prepared to pay the £16.5M and pay it quickly.
They are a more ambitious club than Newcastle and if we wait – as we usually do to ponder on the £16.5M (all that money?) – for a few weeks or over a month, then Wolves will already have signed him.
Salomon Rondon – we can’t lose this player to Wolves
Newcastle have a massive advantage over Wolves because West Brom want the prodigious Championship goalscorer – known as Dwight Gayle – so maybe both clubs can get a good deal via an exchange between the players?
This seems to be a litmus test to see if Mike Ashley really has any real ambitions for Newcastle other than continue trying to get great deals in the transfer market for low fees while keeping the finances at Newcastle in pristine condition.
That doesn’t help the team on the field and hasn’t for 12 years: when will he ever learn?
We are not convinced the owner’s attitude has changed much, but maybe during the talks in London today and tomorrow – Rafa can force his hand on Rondon.
If the owner says no, then we don’t expect the current Newcastle manager to be a very happy camper – and that could be terrible news.
What do you think about this?