According to the Daily Mail, West Bromwich Albion have activated a 12-month extension in the contract of Salomon Rondon.
Rondon joined Newcastle United on loan in the latter stages of the transfer window, having been strongly linked with a move to the Magpies throughout the summer.
It was thought that Newcastle would pay the striker’s £16.5m release clause to sign him on a permanent deal, but Rondon only moved to St James’ Park on loan.
Rondon’s deal with the Baggies was due to expire next summer, which would have allowed Newcastle to sign him on a permanent deal at the end of the loan.
However, according to the Daily Mail, West Brom have activated an extension, which means that the Venezuela international is now tied to the club until 2020.
The Newcastle fans have been reacting to the news on social media, and many feel that Rondon – valued at £11.7m by Transfermarkt – will now be heading back to West Brom next summer.
A selection of the Twitter reaction from the club’s supporters can be seen below:
I suspect we never wanted to buy him anyway. Regardless of how successful this loan is, Mike Ashley won’t spend a penny on a player who is in his 30’s. Enjoy him whilst we have him lads.
— Regular Chris (@chapbeast) August 16, 2018
— Kris King (@The_Joust) August 16, 2018
That’s him going back then 😩.
— Michael Walker (@Mickylad1) August 16, 2018
Hahahaha. He’ll have a blinder this year. The poverty at nufc will continue
— John (@downt0wn) August 16, 2018
Won’t matter cos when Rafa walks at the end of the season the club will collapse like a pack of cards
— Dave Douglas (@kingkauto1) August 16, 2018
Suppose we will just have him for the one season then 🙄
— ianmarshall. (@ian9694) August 16, 2018
Now who could have predicted that (apart from every non-Ashley apologist Newcastle fan)? 🤔
— Mike Anderson #IfRafaGoesWeGo (@MikeNE3) August 16, 2018