The Northern Echo is reporting that West Brom want £16M for Salomon Rondon in the summer.
Well, the best of luck with West Brom getting anywhere near that figure for a player whose contract runs out in one year and is not interested in staying on at the Baggies.
He is desperate to stay long-term at Newcastle.
The Northern Echo (Scott Wilson) also report that West Brom value Dwight Gayle at only £10M and would take Dwight in part exchange and £6M in cash.
Mike Ashley refused to pay out £16.5M last summer for Salomon Rondon because of his age, and the Venezuelan is now a year older, and he’ll not be willing to pay out £16M for him this summer.
With the Venezuelan having only a year left on his contract that makes the £16M fee a little bit stupid.
He will become a free agent next summer.
Before the Baggies let Rondon join Newcastle they triggered a one-year extension to Rondon’s contract which means it runs out next summer rather than this summer.
So the fee will be a non-starter for Newcastle, and so it should be.
But with Dwight Gayle having already scored 16 goals for them this season and Jacob Murphy scoring two goals in three games so far on his loan deal, the Baggies may want both players from Newcastle in the summer.
Newcastle will need to come to some deal and agreement for Rondon – a loan deal for one year would be the best option for Rondon.
And then signing him as a free agent next summer.
But a lot of the negotiation will depend on whether West Brom are a Premier League club again come the summer.
One thing that makes it imperative that Newcastle somehow keep Salomon Rondon at Newcastle next season is that manager Rafa Benitez will demand it if he is to stay on Tyneside managing Newcastle United.
He’s one of the most important players in the team this season.
What do you think?