There is a report in Medio Tempo that Newcastle have had a bid of £9.4M for West Brom striker Salomon Rondon rejected recently. It does not give a date or time frame of when this bid was made but it does not appear to have been this week.
There were recent comments reported this past Tuesday by West Brom’s Technical Director Luke Dowling about how he believed Newcastle were still interested in Rondon despite Rafa Benitez leaving the club.
These were Dowling’s comments at the time:
“We’re quite happy to say that we will sell Salomon. We don’t want a player that’s had a season like that staying around with us and walking away on a Bosman.
“Salomon has had the taste of Newcastle.
“He went back to a Premier League club and if he plays in England that’s where he wants to be.
“As we understand it Newcastle still have an interest in him.”
We’re not sure if these comments had anything to do with the alleged bid but they are very interesting.
If these reports are true, and it is a big if, then it is very interesting to see if Newcastle will return with another bid.
With one year left on his contract and him turning 30 in September, this reported bid would be a very fair price for Rondon. We would have to believe that West Brom will have trouble finding any takers for Rondon’s release clause of £16.5M
A recent report in the Express and Star states that Wolves are hesitant to bring in Rondon and would prefer younger options.
If Rondon is still a Baggie as August 8th draws nearer, Newcastle should definitely revisit this option with another bid in the £10M range.
That is of course if this initial bid ever happened.