According to a recent report from The Sun, Newcastle United turned down the chance to land Salomon Rondon on a permanent deal this summer. The 28-year-old was repeatedly linked with a move to St James’ Park throughout the close season and eventually sealed a loan move to the Premier League side, with Magpies forward Dwight Gayle going the other way to West Brom.
Yet reports suggest that Rafa Benitez’s side opted against sealing a permanent deal for the forward this summer, and with the Venezuela international now having signed a new deal at the Hawthorns, it appears that once again Newcastle have made a huge error in the transfer market.
Ultimately, Newcastle supporters have been expressing their displeasure at owner Mike Ashley for some time now given the distinct lack of spending from their club, with the £17 million they paid for Michael Owen back in 2005 still their club transfer record.
And in an era of inflated prices and extortionate sums of money, it’s staggering to think that Newcastle haven’t spent in excess of £17 million on one player in the last 13 years, and another summer has since passed them by without doing so again.
And failing to splash out on striker Rondon, who reportedly had a £16.5 million release clause in his Baggies contract, looks like being another huge error as a new deal with West Brom is only likely to increase his value in 12 months’ time.
Performing well for Newcastle this season would of course be great news for Benitez and the club’s supporters, but it would also see West Brom likely do all they can next summer to get an even better price for the striker – in fact, his value will only decrease if he struggles at St James’ Park this term, which of course is not in the best interests of the Magpies.
Thus, the North East giants are in somewhat of a lose-lose situation regarding their hopes of sealing a long-term deal for Rondon, and while they may be vindicated in their decision not to sign him permanently this summer, that will only likely coincide with a Newcastle team struggling in the top-flight.
As such, after many years of a questionable transfer policy, it appears as though the Magpies have made another huge error in the market.
Newcastle fans… what do you think? Let us know!