Newcastle must beat West Ham to Rondon deal

According to The Chronicle, Newcastle United face the possibility of being priced out a deal for West Bromwich Albion forward Salomon Rondon.

What’s the story?

Rondon will leave West Brom this summer following their relegation to the Championship, and a number of clubs have been linked with a move for the 67-time Venezuela international.

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SkyBet have placed West Ham United as the favourites to sign the 28-year-old, who is believed to have a release clause of £16.5m in his current contract.

The Hammers have already been busy in this summer’s transfer window, and it would not be a surprise to see new head coach Manuel Pellegrini move for Rondon.

The arrival of the experienced forward might signal the end of Andy Carroll’s time at the club, but West Ham will have a lot of competition for Rondon if they decide to pursue a deal.

Newcastle are also believed to be in the hunt, but according to The Chronicle, the deal could turn out to be too expensive for the Magpies in this summer’s transfer window.

Should Newcastle battle for Rondon?

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez is still unsure what type of transfer budget he will have this summer, but the Magpies are not exactly going to be splashing the cash.

Rondon represents a viable option, and it is worth remembering that the forward scored 10 times in 40 appearances for West Brom last season despite their struggles.

Seven of Rondon’s goals last term came in the Premier League, and his work-rate and ability to play the lone forward role make him the perfect summer signing for Newcastle.

Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have also previously been credited with an interest, but Rondon will surely want to secure first-team football at this stage of his career.

According to The Chronicle, Rondon’s wages and sign-on fee – on top of the transfer figure – could price the club out of a deal, but they simply must pay what is needed to acquire the striker.