Time’s ticking and Newcastle need to add a striker to their ranks quickly.
In normal circumstances, having finished 10th last season and with the European spots in sight, any owner may actually reinvest in the squad over the summer. With Mike Ashley at the club, that was never going to happen.
Although a move for Alassane Plea was rumoured, the Magpies lost out to Borussia Monchengladbach. after missing out on the French striker, the north-east club have now turned their attention to West Brom striker, Salomon Rondon. According to the Express and Star, Newcastle have put in a loan bid for the striker.
Although the Venezuelan has a £16.5 million release clause in his contract, Newcastle have decided to only bring him on a temporary deal.
As Benitez’s admitted that the club need to sell before they can buy, it seems the club are going down the cheap route for a striker.
After three seasons in the league, Rondon has never been anything close to a prolific goalscorer. Last season he mustered a measly, seven goals only two less than his highest total for the Baggies, nine. Moreover, with Rondon becoming a free agent next summer, the move doesn’t make any economic sense for West Brom.
It may be a cheap deal but a loan deal for Rondon would be a terrible move. With Newcastle fans worried if the club will do any business, a loan offer for the former Premier League striker should only be a last resort, not a plan B.