Salomon Rondon is on loan at Newcastle this season, and when he returns to West Brom, he will have just one year left on his contract.
There was news that Newcastle tried to extend his loan deal through next season while they were negotiating Jacob Murphy’s loan last month.
But that was on the final day of the window, and there was not enough time to do that.
Why did they wait until the last minute?
But it suggests Rafa wants Rondon at the club long term as well as wanting and getting Almiron permanently.
The manager wants Salomon Rondon permanently at Newcastle
Mike Ashley thought Rondon too old at 29 to pay out the £16.5M fee West Brom wanted for their player, so we got him on loan.
But we had to send Dwight Gayle in the other direction – something Rafa didn’t want to do.
The manager has refused to say much about what’s going on and had this to say about Rondon’s situation.
“Everybody can see he is doing well. It is too early to talk about that.”
If Rafa stays, Rondon is the first player he will want Ashley to sign – either permanently or on loan.