28-year-old Salomon Rondon made the loan move to Newcastle yesterday with Dwight Gayle going the other way.
Both loan deals do not have an option to buy clause in the loan contracts.
Rondon becomes the first Venezuelan to sign for Newcastle, and he will be hoping to make his debut in the second half against Spurs on Saturday – in the early kickoff game.
Rondon has been given the number 9 shirt with Dwight having vacated it by going on loan to the Baggies.
Salomon Rondon with kids – wow – what a great stadium Dad!
Rondon was interviewed by nufcTV, and he started off talking about the number 9 Newcastle shirt and the long history of great players wearing it:
“If I can take the number 9 it is a pleasure for me.”
“I know this number is heavy in this club. A lot of top strikers played here – Alan Shearer, Tino Asprilla – so it’s important for me as a striker, of course”
“My dad always told me the striker has to play with the number nine!”
“If you say the names – Alan Shearer, everyone – this country knows about him and what he did for the club.”
“And Asprilla is a South American player, he’s Colombian, and we know in South America a lot about the players.”
“For me, I’m here, I’m Venezuelan and I want to make history at this club.”
“It’s a pleasure to be here, the first Venezuelan to play for the club, and I’m grateful for the opportunity.”
“I’m excited to start with my teammates, and I’m very happy. Now I’m focussed on the season and I want to help my teammates get the points and reach the target this season.”
“I was in Birmingham with my family and my agents told me about the interest. It’s a big opportunity for me and my family.”
“It’s a big club in the Premier League and I know the interest of the gaffer. I’m happy that finally the deal is on and I’m here.
“I have played a few times, when I came to St. James’ Park.”
“The atmosphere was amazing, the supporters were very passionate and that is amazing when a player plays on the pitch and feels something like that.”
We knew before Salomon arrived on Tyneside that he was of good character – a typical player that Rafa likes.
Now we hope the manager can get the very best out of him, and there’s a good chance of that with Rondon’s attitude being top-notch.