Rafa has wanted to sing Salomon Rondon for months, and he has finally arrived this afternoon on loan for the season with no option to buy.
Dwight Gayle joined West Brom a couple of hours earlier than Rondon was announced, and again there is no option to buy in his loan contract either.
Salomon’s four-year contract runs out next summer, but West Brom have a one year option which we assume they will take up.
Salomon Rondon – happy to be at Newcastle
Salmon has been interviewed by nufcTV in his very first interview, and this is some of what he had to say on arriving at Newcastle:
“I am very passionate and happy to be here. I can’t wait to get started and meet my new team-mates now.”
“The clubs were talking for a long time but now it is done I can focus on the season. I want to help my team-mates to do well and get the points this season. I’m just happy to be here.”
“It’s a big opportunity for me to come here. It’s one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League. The manager too, I understand his targets and was happy to come and play for him.”
“It is a great pleasure for me to wear the number nine because I know its history in this club.”
“A lot of star strikers played here like Alan Shearer and Tino Asprilla. You just say the name Shearer and everyone knows who he is, how good he was and how much he did for this club.”
“And Asprilla is a South American player – he’s Colombian – so we know a lot of the South American players over there.”
“I am Venezuelan and I am now here and I want to make history with this club.”
“For me, I am a striker and so my mentality is that I always have to play with the number nine. “
If Rondon plays well this season the danger for Newcastle with no option to buy in his loan contract is that West Brom could ask a hefty fee for him after Rafa has made him into a better player.
Anyway – that’s in the future – we are delighted to have him on loan for the coming season.