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:
Understand Dwight Gayle has this lunchtime signed his season-long loan to West Brom. Just awaiting confirmation from both clubs on the swap deal that sees Salomon Rondon joining Newcastle. No obligation for WBA to buy Gayle next summer.
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) August 6, 2018
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.