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Gayle Finally Joins West Brom On Loan – Rondon Announcement Imminent

There is news coming through that striker Dwight Gayle of Newcastle has finally agreed to join West Brom on loan for the coming season.

According to Keith Downie of Sky Sports whoo has tweeted he has just signed the loan deal.

He is reporting that Venezuelan international Rondon will go in the other direction, with Newcastle having no obligation to buy in the loan agreement.

But we assume there is an option to buy the player – but what that amount will be is interesting since Rondon will officially be a free agent next summer when his current contract runs out.

Maybe Newcastle will sign the player permanently this summer?

But that’s unlikely – that means Mike Ashley spending some money.

So it’s extremely unlikely.

Dwight Gayle – agreed to join West Brom on loan

Newcastle will also pay a loan fee of £2M to West Brom as part of the overall deal.

Rondon had a medical at Newcastle yesterday, so everything now seems set for Newcastle to announce we have captured Salomon Rondon on a one-year loan deal.

He’s a player Rafa has wanted all summer, so this is some good news.

Here’s the tweet from Keith Downie:

And if Dwight Gayle scores lots of goals for West Brom next season, he could even return to Newcastle,  since he will still have two years left on his contract.

However, if Newcastle can score some goals this season in the Premier League, it’s more likely that Dwight could move permanently for a decent fee of at least £15M to the Baggies.

And finally, we’re not sure why Newcastle paid the £2M loan fee.

Dwight will be a lot more valuable in the Championship to West Brom than Salomon Rondon will be to Newcastle in the Premier League.

At least as far as scoring goals is concerned.

West Brom have got a player who has proved more than once he can score lots of goals in the Championship.

He was fantastic for us two years ago scoring 23 Championship goals in only 34 appearances.

Comments welcome.

32 comments so far

  • crawfordm

    Aug 6, 2018 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #1

    Gayle announced before Rondon – why do we take an age to tie anything up. Maybe its the incompetent team Ashley employs at SJP. Good deal for both sides I feel – if Rondon scores 10 – 15 this season we can pick him up on a freebie.
    Would love to see Ings up here as well – another with a point to prove. Keep the faith.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Aug 6, 2018 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #2

    Ashley is keeping the squad slim using loans for the next chairman. It explains our business this year 100%. I think/ hope there will be an obligation to buy in Gayle’s loan.

  • Belfast

    Aug 6, 2018 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #3

    He’s got two years left on his contract mate.

  • Nostradamus the Geordie

    Aug 6, 2018 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #4

    @ martoon
    Final League Position- 7th
    Final Number of Points – 64
    League Cup Round – Winners ( Yes I know )
    FA Cup Round – Quarters
    Player of the Season – Kenedy
    Top Goal Scorer (League & Cup) – Rondon
    Number of Goals for TGS (League & Cup) – 16
    I really wanted to put us down for winning the league and doing a Leicester.
    Instead had us winning the League Cup
    But I punched myself in the head to bring me back to reality for the League. Still fancy the League cup though, maybe the punch needs to be a little harder. Howay the ( ouch that hurt ) Toon.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 6, 2018 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #5


    I see keys is pushing the clubs “financially stable” instead of bankrupt and Nufc fans should be grateful story.

    Even a Tramp could be financially stable if they had a,quid in their pocket and didn’t spend it.

    I’d like someone to explain what’s financially stable about owing £160m + and on top of which there’s untold bills to pay for bringing the clubs facilities up to date.

    Then you don’t know what league you’re going to be in from one year to another so how do you plan to payback the loans?

    Stable? Looks like Ashleys dug his own money pit, the only stable thing is the amount the clubs debt continues to grow under Ashleys mis management.

  • SredniVashtar

    Aug 6, 2018 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #6

    Just googled the respective ages of Mr Gayle and Mr Rondon – Mr Rondon is 28, while Mr Gayle is 27. So while Mr Rondon is older, we aren’t exactly getting rid of a young up and coming prospect and replacing him with an old crock who’s past his best. In addition, Mr Rondon’s career and peak years are likely to last for longer than Mr Gayle’s due to Mr Rondon’s style of play.

  • Markaccus

    Aug 6, 2018 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #7


    I was just making the point that Ashleys penny pinching is false economy. 11 mil would have got somebody who can at least hit a barn door. West Brom will have inflated their price because they are selling to a prem club.

  • Markaccus

    Aug 6, 2018 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #8

    *trying to sell.

  • NUFCadon

    Aug 6, 2018 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #9


    are you the Mr Mr lady from Happy Gilmore haha

  • Nostradamus the Geordie

    Aug 6, 2018 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #10

    People may be seeing Gayle going to West Brom as a mistake, I for one would have never really made him a striker in the premier and played him instead on the wing. Yes, in the Championship he can do a strikers role for some strange reason but as far as premiership he just didn’t have that certain quality, that certain coolness you need to be a striker in the premier league. Rondon maybe not out first choice, well lets be honest never really our first choice is though a bigger target man that players like Perez and Muto can feed from, if we got that certain number ten in this week that could also play off Rondon then we could have a good season. Its like the week from hell right now, will we, why didn’t we, can we, who the hell is he, why did we, we got him?, how the hell did we manage that. You have to love the final week of the transfer window.

  • Markaccus

    Aug 6, 2018 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #11


    Keyes, over the last decade or so, has basically shown himself to be nothing more that sentient anal seepage

  • Markaccus

    Aug 6, 2018 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #12


  • hibbit

    Aug 6, 2018 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #13

    sorry Markaccus i thought you had someone in mind that had slipped under the radar

  • Markaccus

    Aug 6, 2018 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #14


    Nah, sorry mate. My scouting network isn’t good 😀

  • ronaldo aarons

    Aug 6, 2018 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #15

    You know mike Ashley has ‘smashed’ Richard keys… who by the way is certainly living up to his name, the massive Richard that he is 😉

    Charnley probably walked in to his office in one day and saw Ashley hanging out the back of him!

    Funny that, thought he liked friends of his daughter!!

  • JDdubai

    Aug 6, 2018 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #16

    Cant see how we will play with rondon up front.

    Last season, our good run was playing deep, giving up the majority of possession and using Gayle’s pace on the counter with jonjo’s passes over the top. Without that runner playing on their last man, this tactic wont work, Muto may do this from the start of the season i guess but will jonjo have enough targets as Gayle gave him with his continuous running the channels..

  • Rowan

    Aug 6, 2018 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #17

    I’ve been pretty lukewarm about the whole Rondon thing from the start. Having had time to think it over (nothing like a simple, snappy bit of transfer business where nufc’s involved, eh?) I can see it working out well in the respect that he will be a focal point, a physical presence and someone who can hold up the ball and bully defences.

    His recent goal scoring record (or lack thereof) has always worried me, but I have seen it pointed out by other bloggers that he has had poor service in poor teams. If the likes of Muto, Kennedy, Perez et al can get around him and support h, and he can build s relationship with Shelvey, then perhaps he could be a10-15 GPS man. Ok, there’s not setting the world alight, but it’s better than what we had. Add, say, goals from Perez, 5 or 6 from Muto, a small handful from Kennedy and Shelvey, then have Lascelles, Atsu and Ritchie chipping in, and I can see us scoring more than last season – potentially. I’m speculating here.

    Gayle is better in the Champo. There’s no obligation to buy, should things not work out. We’re not fronting up £16.5m for someone who could be a flop. Could actually be s good bit of business.

    Don’t get me wrong – there are other players I’d rather see coming in – but I am warming to the idea.

    Hope Gayle is happy and does well this season – he always worked hard for us.

  • Reilly

    Aug 6, 2018 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #18

    Keith Downie
    Newcastle United’s players have withdrawn cooperation with the media as part of a dispute with the club over bonuses for the upcoming season. The players refused to give their time for “walk up” shots for TV companies at the training ground today.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Aug 6, 2018 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #19

    Final League Position – 10th
    Final Number of Points – 48
    League Cup Round – 5
    FA Cup Round – 5
    Player of the Season (Blog) – Rondon.
    Top Goal Scorer (League & Cup) – Rondon
    Number of Goals for TGS (League & Cup) – 13

  • cyprus

    Aug 6, 2018 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #20

    Haven’t participated in this ever. But, like always, will offer my guess on final position:

    6th 😉

  • cyprus

    Aug 6, 2018 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #21

    I’ve only watched Rondon a few times so can’t really comment. My initial impression, he seemed a handful.

    With Ki, Kennedy, Muto and the old gang upping their game, we could do alright.

    One more signing, Traore, and we’re set.

  • DubaiMicky

    Aug 6, 2018 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #22

    Didn’t Rafa say he didn’t want Gayle to go? maybe that was just to shore Gayle up? Or maybe he didn’t want him to go but was overruled?

    That’ll directly hurt Ashley, Sky can withhold some of the cash if the club doesn’t do as it’s contracted too.

    Now that’s an interesting proposition.

  • simon376

    Aug 6, 2018 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #23

    Haven’t actually heard Keys comments only what I’ve read here but also for people who say same that Ashley saved us from going bankrupt. Are we not in more debt now than we were before he bought us? I know the debt is to him so in real world not proper debt, but he is wanting his own cash back when bought out, so really we are now in a worse state and more unstable for being bought out

  • lochinvar

    Aug 6, 2018 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #24

    If that’s the case then Rafa certainly hasn’t lost the dressing room not that for one minute did I think that he had, far from it. It sounds like the players have built a wall around Rafa to protect “mon general” (or whatever the Spanish equivalent is).

    Surely this is Charnley’s area of responsibility and he’s the one not talking with Ashley or has to been told not to call him while he’s busy with other stuff such as HofF deals.

    Either way it’s not good, toxic even but then again maybe that’s exactly what Ashley wants.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Aug 6, 2018 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #25

    Not meaning to put a dampner on things, but WBA scored quite a lot more than us 2 seasons ago when they finished about 10th and Rondon only got 7 that season. Add to the fact, Pulis is the perfect manager if you’re a big target man. Under Pulis you are going to get constant crosses and long throws all aiming at your head. I’m not sure how Rafa who plays it on the ground more than Pulis is going to get much more goals out of Rondon.

    I really hope he hasn’t been taking penalties these last few years. That would make his record a lot worse.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 6, 2018 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #26


    I wonder if Jib and Keys know each other

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 6, 2018 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #27


    Cashley’s magic touch.

  • switch365

    Aug 6, 2018 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #28

    Gayle has proven to be almost a prolific Championship striker.
    Sadly that ability didn’t show through at Premier league level. That doesn’t mean he’s not good enough to play in the EPL. But it shows he isn’t good enough to be the main striker of a team in the Premier league.

    I’m more curious about who’ll be no.9! Rondon, Muto or someone yet to sign.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Aug 6, 2018 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #29

    I think the debt is 15m more now (140-150m or something like that)
    Sheppherd had maybe 115m
    In context, consider 115m back then was almost enough to buy the club and that 115m was enough money to buy 4 or 5 of the world’s best players. Now you’d get Slimani, Ings, and Richarlison.

  • hibbit

    Aug 6, 2018 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #30

    Ashley wont want anything that upsets the paymasters Sky and BT

  • toonluvva

    Aug 6, 2018 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #31

    I’ve just been browsing through the blog and cannot see any poster who has predicted that we will be relegated this season.
    Or have I missed someone?

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Aug 6, 2018 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #32

    It’s a decent deal. We pay a 2 million loan and a bit more more in wages for a player we need significantly more than Gayle and one who will improve the side and those in it, in particular Perez, who can flourish this term. Jonjo will miss Gayle’s running in behind, but other than that, win, win I think. Better would have been a loan and Gayle going on a permanent, with Rafa getting the difference, but not to be.


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