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Report – Salomon Rondon Signing Expected Today – Passed Medical

Keith Downie of Sky Sports is reporting that Salmon Rondon passed his medical yesterday and it’s expected he will be announced as a loan signing for the season today.

It’s also expected that Dwight Gayle will go in the opposite direction and Newcastle will pay West Brom a £2M loan fee.

Rafa has wanted Salomon all summer long but it’s taken this long for Newcastle to sign him because owner Mike Ashley has kept a really tight control on the transfer funds this summer.

So nothing has changed there.

He was unwilling to sanction a transfer at £16.5M for Rondon as he keeps the financial accounts looking good at Newcastle.

That’s at the cost of not having a much better team on the pitch that would raise the price of the club.

Salomon Rondon – should sign on loan today

As of today, we are making a profit of about £26M this summer – not counting agent or loan fees.

This is the tweet Keith Downie put out yesterday:

Ashley’s unwillingness to spend money and the way he has used the club as a global advertising board for Sports Direct (paying nothing for it) should disqualify him from being a fit and proper owner.

And once he’s finally left Newcastle,  the Premier League should look into how he’s been able to wreck the club.

We hope Salomon Rondon is signed on loan today.

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 6, 2018 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #1

    I don’t expect any other transfers after today, as these things take up so much time. Plus if there is any further new players coming in, I will be even more pleasantly surprised.

  • crawfordm

    Aug 6, 2018 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #2

    At last – thats two new strikers that we have in. Lets give them a chance before people on here slag them off saying not good enough. If thats all we can afford then so be it. I like Rondon – his work rate is exceptional. Ok he did not score many at WBA however under Pulis and Pardew they created very little. Good luck fella.

  • Rafabomb

    Aug 6, 2018 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #3

    Fingers crossed rondon will bang goals in every week lol

  • Vask

    Aug 6, 2018 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #4

    A top day indeed!

  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 6, 2018 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #5

    From memory I think we pay agents quite generously and are in the top PL clubs, especially when it comes to the number and quality of the players we receive. Another indication of the poorly organised club and lack of respect those in the football industry have for NUFC.

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 6, 2018 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #6

    Why is everyone against loans? they make a lot of sense to me. I would have hated to have paid 16.5M for Rondon, whereas next year as a free agent and if he does ok, he will be so much cheaper then.
    Really hope Jimiley is not on the wind up with the American take over rumour.

  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 6, 2018 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #7

    From Rafas comments about Muto (20 goals) looks like the game plan is for Rondon to provide the assists/through balls/flicks for Muto.
    I like the look of Muto -big responsibility if – repeat if – that is the attacking plan. Time will tell if it comes to fruition.

  • Vask

    Aug 6, 2018 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #8

    Just looking at Rondons WBA stats. Seems to be around a 1-in-5 striker at premier league level though he has increased his goals each year. Maybe under this management he can increase to 15. Good thing is that he has managed mid thirties in appearances so not too many injuries to worry about. Touch wood.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 6, 2018 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #9

    How did palace trump us for max Meyer??? Cracking no. 10..

  • Vask

    Aug 6, 2018 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #10

    So if Gayle goes the other way is it Muto or Rondon wearing 9… or Joselu…

    I’m interested to see how Muto pans out. As has been said on earlier articles seems to have good movement, a bit of skill and can even direct a header. If he can adapt to the timing of premier league 18 yard boxes he could surprise a few defences early on in the season.

  • Vask

    Aug 6, 2018 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #11


    Apparently wanted 170k a week.

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 6, 2018 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #12


    8m a year wages allegedly!!

  • Vask

    Aug 6, 2018 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #13

    Anyone know anything about how spurs’ preseason has gone? Has Kane featured much in their friendlies? Have they been mullering opponents, what level of opponent too?

  • Bedford Mag

    Aug 6, 2018 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #14

    I agree crawford. There’s an air of uncertainty about this season amongst the majority of fans (myself included), but a packed out SJP with everyone singing the gaffers name combined with the magical feeling of our fans going mental when we counter attack might do us well against spurs. Let’s be positive and good that Rondon will be a much better player under Rafa.

  • Bedford Mag

    Aug 6, 2018 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #15

    Rotonda… you’re right, £16.5m doesnt compute for Rondon. Dare I say it, I think a loan is good business from chutney.

  • posada

    Aug 6, 2018 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #16

    Right now we are better placed than the end of last season.
    Dubs stayed, Kenedy stayed, Muto for Mitro, Ki for Merino, Randon for Gayle.
    Leguene was just bad luck.
    The above plus what we do in the last three days of the window.

  • posada

    Aug 6, 2018 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #17

    Why does it come down to the last three days of the window for us.
    Seems to me the big clubs have to do their business early and get out of the way.
    If they are paying 60M for a player they can do that. Selling club is probably getting a bit over the odds and are happy.
    Then it starts. When your in the market for the rest at 15/20 even 25 million it’s a feeding frenzy.
    With the likes of Wolves, Fulham etc etc.
    Show your hand early and it just starts an auction.

  • posada

    Aug 6, 2018 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #18

    and good luck to Gayle. Assuming he’s going.
    When the game was different he would have been an even better player.
    Would have been a good partner for Shearer.
    Perhaps not as quick as Belamy, but a better finnisher.

  • Binney

    Aug 6, 2018 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #19

    Rotanda, what American take over? I can’t find the comment you’re talking about.

  • Pitmatic

    Aug 6, 2018 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #20

    Rondon will be everything Mitrovic wasn’t in terms of work rate and application. He seems like a good guy – he was in pieces after that McCarthy leg break (he already saved us £25m 🙂 – and I think will really connect with the fans. 10-12 goals would be a good return from him.

    As bizarre as the arrangement is, I think it’s a good deal for us. If he does well then he’ll sign permanently next summer, whether Benítez is here or not; if not, then it’s no deal. WBA get a similar grade striker for the Championship without losing Rondon on a free, so everyone wins.

    Let’s hope the usual toxicity that surrounds the club during transfer windows will lift once the action actually starts. Success for me would simply be not being in the thick of a relegation scrap all season long, but given our opening fixtures that might be a forlorn hope.


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