The Daily Mail have reported that West Brom striker Salomon Rondon is set to complete a loan move to Newcastle, with Dwight Gayle heading the other way and swapping St James’ Park for the Hawthorns.
As Newcastle’s Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic is close to agreeing a £22m move to Fulham, according to Sky Sports, this would allow Rafa Benitez to make his move for the Baggies’ Venezuelan target man.
Rondon has been a great servant to West Brom since his £12m move from Zenit St Petersburg in the summer of 2015, playing 120 times for the club and scoring 28 goals despite being involved in relegation battles and playing under defensive managers.
However, although West Brom fans will be sad to be without the 28-year-old for their return to the Championship, signing Dwight Gayle in return would represent an excellent piece of business for boss Darren Moore.
The 27-year-old Englishman has scored a combined 36 goals in 61 games during the two Championship seasons he has completed in his career for Peterborough and Newcastle respectively. As a proven goalscorer, his arrival would certainly soften the blow of losing Rondon for the West Brom fans.
A potential partnership up front of Gayle and Jay Rodriguez would also surely help the Baggies fight for promotion back to the Premier League. Check out some of their best reactions to the rumoured deal below.
Rumours of Gayle & Rondon swapping for a season on Loan. I’d love that. Gayle is absolute 🔥 in the Championship and it’d mean we could have Sol back next year 😭❤️#wba
— Ash Ramian (@AshRamian) July 29, 2018
Fantastic deal for BOTH clubs if true. I’ve been saying since the end of last season I hope we get Gayle, 20+ guaranteed goals in the championship. Him and Rodriguez would be the best strike force in the championship. #wba https://t.co/JwNGcZA2Mb
— Andy Leeman (@AndyLeeman91) July 30, 2018
I’m quite happy with the Rondon / Gayle switch. Gayle will score lots at this level. #wba
— Still SBLII Champions! (@OneDaveHendo) July 30, 2018
Will be disappointed to see Rondon go, not very often you see players (especially at the top end of the patch) give as much as he does. That being said if we can have Gayle in return that would be a great bit of business #wba
— STAIN (@zaktolley) July 30, 2018
If we keep Rodriguez and sign Gayle, surely we will have the deadliest pair up front in the championship #wba
— Chris Houten (@chrishouts07) July 30, 2018
Would love to see Dwight Gayle sign and keep Rodriguez he will be a massive player if he stays 🙏🏼 looking forward to seeing the new talent and more to come @WBA
— LukeDandy (@dandywbafc) July 30, 2018