According to The Sun, Everton are reportedly ready to battle arch-rivals Liverpool for the signing of West Bromwich Albion striker Salomon Rondon before the January transfer window slams shut, although he could cost a fee in excess of £15m.
Well, The Sun says that the Toffees were impressed with the Venezuela international’s performance in the Baggies’ 1-1 draw at Goodison Park last weekend, even though he was involved in the unfortunate incident that saw James McCarthy suffer a double leg break.
The 28-year-old centre-forward was something of a bit-part player under former West Brom boss Tony Pulis at the beginning of the campaign, but he has been a regular since the Welshman was sacked and replaced by Alan Pardew.
The Sun adds that while Rondon only has 18 months left on his deal at the Hawthorns, he is settled in the west Midlands and isn’t looking for a move.
The 28-year-old has never been a prolific goalscorer for West Brom, and it has been a similar story for him this term.
The Venezuelan attacker has scored five goals and provided a further two assists in 25 appearances in all competitions for the Baggies, while he has 23 goals in 105 outings for them in total.
The 6ft 1in centre-forward is decent in the air, and according to WhoScored.com he has won 91 of the 216 aerial duels he has faced in 22 Premier League appearances this season, while he has made 11 key passes and successfully completed 28 of the 46 dribbles he has attempted.
It’s difficult to say.
You certainly could never fault Rondon’s work rate but he perhaps isn’t the prolific goalscorer that Sam Allardyce and the Merseyside outfit may be looking for, even if he is willing to throw his body around.
Of course, the Toffees have already signed Cenk Tosun this month and it seems unlikely that they will sign another centre-forward, unless Rondon is willing to sit on the substitutes’ bench – which seems unlikely given he is settled at West Brom.