The Newcastle fans in the Transfer Tavern have been groaning this morning as Lee Ryder, The Chronicle’s chief Newcastle United football writer has claimed on Twitter that Salomon Rondon’s agent has been back in touch with the club over a potential transfer.
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) July 4, 2018
According to Ryder, Rafa Benitez believes a deal for the big Venezuelan striker is still a viable option, despite the fans all wanting to ditch the links to the West Brom man and go for a better goalscorer. According to The Times, the club have had a £15 million bid for Nice’s Alassane Plea rejected, and the fans would much rather see a striker of Plea’s pedigree at the club as opposed to Rondon, who was relegated with the Baggies last season.
The Geordies need to sign a striker this summer as they prepare to offload a forward of their own in Aleksandar Mitrovic. The Serbian front-man has been on his way out of St James Park for some time now and with the club being linked to multiple strikers it seems obvious that the Mitrovic money will be pumped into funding a suitable replacement for the hotheaded 23-year-old. However, if that striker is Rondon, we’ll have some very frustrated Magpies in our bar.
You can read the thoughts of the local Toon here:
— SwampyNUFCENGLAND (@swampthing_71) 4 July 2018
— toon travel 2 (@RuzMark) 4 July 2018
He's a dud
— Colt Nosrednas (@AdamSando78) July 4, 2018
Worse than Mitro..
— Toon Fan (@MGnufc) July 4, 2018
We need a goal scorer don't think he fits that bill tbh
— Chris Adams (@ToppaCa) July 4, 2018
— shaun johnston (@shauni46) July 4, 2018
100% better options out there, atleast you would think so anyway
— Michael Wilson (@mickywils) July 4, 2018
Whilst Rondon might not be a bad striker, the Geordies are in agreement that he’s not the man for them.