According to a report by The Telegraph on July 17, Newcastle United have had a cheeky loan move for West Bromwich Albion striker Salomon Rondon rejected as they look to add the Venezuelan to their squad, and should they end up doing so then Championship club Leeds United must be watching developments closely.
Well, The Telegraph says that despite the fact that the Baggies are only willing to consider a permanent move for the 28-year-old who has a £16.5m release clause in his contract, Rafa Benitez tried to snap Rondon up on loan.
The Telegraph says that proposal was laughed off, and it seems as though the Tyneside club may have to wait until they have sold Aleksandar Mitrovic to Fulham or another potential suitor before they can step up their bid to bring the South American man to St James’ Park.
Should he end up signing before the summer transfer window closes on August 9, he would likely be competing for a spot in the starting XI with Dwight Gayle and 6ft 4in tall Joselu, as things stand right now.
With Pierre-Michel Lasogga returning to Hamburg following a loan spell, Marcus Antonsson leaving permanently and Jay-Roy Grot and Pawel Cibicki both moving out on a temporary basis, the Whites are short of options up top right now.
The Yorkshire club, who must bring a former captain back to Elland Road to boost their chances of a Premier League return, have been linked with moves for Abel Hernandez and Matej Vydra among others this summer, but they are yet to sign the one or two strikers they look to desperately need – especially if they are to mount a serious promotion push this season.
While Newcastle centre-forward Joselu struggled to make a big impact for Newcastle last term following his move from Stoke City, he certainly has the physical presence and work rate needed to be a hit in the Championship, and he would go a long way to replacing what they had with Chris Wood – even if he is only likely to be available on loan.