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Wolves Take The Lead – Open Talks With Salomon Rondon

The Mail are reporting that Wolves have opened talks with West Bromwich striker Salomon Rondon over a possible deal.

Wolves are keen to sign the striker who was on loan at Newcastle in the season just ended and are moving quickly.

Rondon is in the Venezuelan squad for the upcoming Copa America starting in mid-June – and they want him signed up by then.

The 29-year-old has a £16.5M buy-out clause.

Newcastle are dilly daddling as usual, and Wolves see a window of opportunity to sign the talented center-forward while Mike Ashley and Rafa Benitez are in long, drawn-out talks to see if Rafa will stay on Tyneside.

In their first meeting yesterday in London, as far as we can tell from the reports, they are still at loggerheads on transfer and whether Rafa can sing older players – like Rondon.

You can never accuse the Newcastle hierarchy of being quick or urgent in any of their transfer dealings.

We are simply not ambitious enough – and that’s so sad.

Wolves are.

Rendon had his best season ever in the Premier League under Raa’s guidance last season scoring 12 goals in 33 total appearances – 11 of them in the Premier League (32 appearances) and he also had 7 assists.

We hope we can sign him up, but Wolves look to be the more likely club to sign him at present.

Hope we are wrong on that.

Comments welcome.

93 comments so far

  • toon22

    May 17, 2019 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #1

    By By Rondon

  • DubaiMicky

    May 17, 2019 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #2

    If Rondon signs for Wolves in the next 48 hours, Rafa won’t sign.

  • SuperShearer

    May 17, 2019 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #3

    Tough one for Rondon. If Rafa stays you feel he will want to stay at Newcastle IF Rafa is allowed to sign him. But Wolves will unquestionably offer more money because they are an ambitious club. BUT, will Rondon be a starter there? It looks like they’ll make Jimenez a permanent signing this summer so where would that leave Rondon? Warming the bench, he wouldn’t want that, he’s not that kind of player. As always it all boils down the Fat Man’s inability to see the HUGE potential of this football club in a growing market. Invest to see a return OR better still, like selling a house, invest a bit to maximise your return and make it more sellable. How you can be this blind and arrogant to your own situation is beyond me.

  • toon22

    May 17, 2019 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #4

    We won’t sort out signing a manager till late July at best

    Forget Rondon

  • simon376

    May 17, 2019 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #5

    Thanks Jib

    Let’s just hope something happens fast so we can sign him and get him back

  • toon22

    May 17, 2019 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #6

    MA ain’t being blind

    He wants next seasons transfer budget again

  • Jib

    May 17, 2019 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #7

    Also WBA may have reservations about selling to another Brummy club

  • toon22

    May 17, 2019 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #8

    So the release clause don’t apply

    Think not

    Rafa will leave without MA talking too him

  • RobLeenio

    May 17, 2019 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #9

    No way Rondon signs for Wolves before he sees what the score is at NUFC. I can’t believe he’s actually talking to them yet, it makes no sense.

    He’s said his family is settled up here, he loves the club and the fans and would like to stay. Why would he change his mind without finding out what NUFC would offer him for a permanent contract? The season has only just finished (is still ongoing in terms of play-offs and cup finals).

    This is one of the worst things about the close season – media speculation followed by fans’ panic. Then the frog exacerbates it as it suits his agenda.


  • toon22

    May 17, 2019 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #10

    Maybe Rondon don’t want to be go back at WBA
    And wants a plan B since talks seem to be going as planed

  • dexter53

    May 17, 2019 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #11

    Couldnt give a gnats chuff to be honest. Yes, hes scored a few goals but his first touch is as bad as Patrick Bamford. He wins fewer headers than Patrick Bamford. Hes slower than Patrick Bamford. But he scores a few more than Patrick Bamford. And Patrick Bamford is possibly one of the worst centre forwards ive ever seen.

  • DubaiMicky

    May 17, 2019 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #12

    Just to keep things right Jib, WBA and Wolves AREN’T Brum clubs, they see it akin to calling us mackums, they’re both from South Staffordshire, so Black Country.

    When I went to WBA in the 90s one of the songs they sand was “We don’t come from Birmingham” & “We are the boys from the Black Country”.

    Quick history/public service announcement.

  • DubaiMicky

    May 17, 2019 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #13

    *sang, not sand.

  • martoon

    May 17, 2019 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #14

    ‘Talks going as planed’ – I presume that means they’re going smoothly 😉

  • Jib

    May 17, 2019 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #15

    Pulis leaves Boro
    What a shock !!

    Pleased to see you post Micky
    A light aircraft crashed south of Dubai airport
    with 3 Brits on board – I feared the worst.

  • dig-n-dig22

    May 17, 2019 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #16

    If it’s true that Rondon’s agent is negotiating with Wolves then it doesn’t look good for us. I can’t see the F@T TW@T slugging it out in a bidding war with anyone.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 17, 2019 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #17


    That isn’t good news for us!!

    There is Ashley’s backup manager straight there if talks go south……..

  • Jib

    May 17, 2019 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #18

    The bidding will just be wages the price is fixed.

    If there is parity on wages then I think big Ron would
    opt for us.

  • hibbit

    May 17, 2019 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #19

    i think length of contract not just wages offered will play a very important part in any offers received by Rondons people, this will no doubt be his last big pay day so they’ll wanted the very best on offer.

  • Jib

    May 17, 2019 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #20

    I think the delay has always come from Rafa’s side
    Ashley wanted him to sign at Xmas.
    When Rafa reads social media and the club gets
    slagged off mercilessly for prevaricating , he must
    have a right chuckle to himself.

    The best option for Rafa would be a one year roller
    he would then have the NUFC hierarchy right by the
    stots – able to squeeze all sorts of concessions out of them.
    Rafa’s tiny hand

  • DubaiMicky

    May 17, 2019 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #21

    The price doesn’t need to fixed shirley, a club can offer more than the minimum if they wish to, but it ends up with who will WBA want to sell him to? If they accept a bid from Wolves, then must Rondon accept it?

    Curiouser and curiouser as a small girl once said.

  • Jib

    May 17, 2019 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #22

    Nope – that’s why it’s called a fixed price buy out clause
    It’s written into the contract by the agent so he and his
    client get the best deal.
    and don’t call me Shirley

  • Bobbybee

    May 17, 2019 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #23

    Rondon has every right to weigh up his options. That doesn’t mean he’s leaving, but let’s not panic just yet. Rondon will wait and see what offer he gets from Newcastle – if any. Ashley might offer Rafa the chance to sign a younger option at a higher price. Or he might say a straight no, he’s too old.
    Nobody knows what’s happening right now. The Mail is reporting that Rafa’s staying. Go figure. Let’s just wait and see, we’ll know soon enough from the man himself. The fans will be the first to know because he respects us. He’ll release a statement as soon as the situation is concluded. Anything else is, just

  • Bobbybee

    May 17, 2019 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #24

    Waffle. You seriously need to move that submit bar Ed. 🙂

  • Bobbybee

    May 17, 2019 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #25

    Micky, no player is bound by anything to sign for any club. They need his signature to complete the deal. He’s right to check his options out, this will be his final move and he has to make it worth his while. If Wolves offer him a stupid deal worth a fortune, he has to consider it. Let’s be totally honest, he’s not irreplaceable. He has to do what he thinks best for him and his family, whether we like it or not. I always find waiting and seeing what happens gives me less stress than jumping to conclusions 🙂

  • Bobbybee

    May 17, 2019 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #26

    Micky, that little girl had been eating magic mushrooms or fly agaric. ? 🙂

  • hibbit

    May 17, 2019 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #27

    Wayayman any sightings in the capitol this morning ?????

  • WheresSholaNow

    May 17, 2019 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #28

    Man United making inquiries about Sean Longstaff according to SSN

  • barkel

    May 17, 2019 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #29


    Rondon was involved in 18 out of our 42 goals this season (11 goals, 7 assists) we should be looking to bring him in permanently as a minimum.

  • Wayayman

    May 17, 2019 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #30

    @hibbit – Nowt, but then again the sighting yesterday was pure chance. Saw a tweet last night (might have been reported here but I havent read back yet) showing what was supposed to be Rafa in London but it was the back of his bonce. Had a SD shop in the background, but what was really interesting was that to the left of the picture was Ashley’s head office on Poland St, W1. We recognised it as that’s where we ‘met’ Ashley going into his AGM last year so there’s every possibility that’s where the meetings are taking place.

  • Wayayman

    May 17, 2019 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #31

    And Dexter, nice try mate. I agree with your Bamford assessment but you’ve obviously not seen Rondon play for us much this season if you don’t see what a massive difference he’s made.

  • Oldgit1

    May 17, 2019 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #32

    Chris Houghton to the Boro, you heard it first here.

  • geordietom

    May 17, 2019 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #33

    jib re;show to watch …

    Les Miserable …

    only because the name suits Fat Ash …

  • Bobbybee

    May 17, 2019 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #34

    Oldgit1, spellcheck got you on Hughton? Tried with me all the bloody time. 🙂

  • Bobbybee

    May 17, 2019 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #35

    Strange, but I suddenly feel some affection for Charlton all of a sudden. 🙂 No idea why, it just came to me almost religiously. Like a message from above ‘Charlton or Sunlun’?
    As always Jim Wight going on and on about a mackem player getting kicked. Pompey have apologised saying ‘We apologise unreservedly. The fan involved thought it was Cattermole’ 🙂

  • G

    May 17, 2019 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #37

    Daily Fail… it’s utter rubbish.

  • DubaiMicky

    May 17, 2019 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #38

    That looks on the button to me Jib/Wayayman.

  • Jib

    May 17, 2019 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #39

    Rafa’s adviser is Richard Green of 1810 sports

    It could be his back as well

  • Bobbybee

    May 17, 2019 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #40

    Jib, mmm, could be matey, but then again… Rafa is so recognisable I can’t imagine him walking in London without being zoomed in on. Not saying it isn’t him obviously – he is in London despite what some people claim. He won’t leave us hanging on mate, he’ll let us know one way or the other. I’m fingers crossed that he’ll stay. Always believed that and still do. No inside info, no indication, just probably me being my usual optimistic self.
    If he leaves, THEN I’ll get upset. Not a moment before, I don’t even want to think about the consequences.


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