Newcastle United have suffered a blow in their pursuit of bringing one man to St. James’ Park on a permanent basis.
The Venezuela international joined the Magpies on a season-long loan deal and Rafa Benitez will have been hoping to have landed him on a free transfer at the end of next summer.
However, Rondon’s contract at the Baggies has been extended by a further 12 months, giving him just under two years to run.
That deal will force Newcastle into making an offer for the striker should they want to turn a deal into a permanent transfer, although that could depend on a number of factors.
Benitez’s future at the club is currently in doubt as he is yet to sign a new contract with Newcastle, whilst it is believed he was left frustrated with how their business was conducted in the summer.
Rondon’s contract extension will have come as a setback to Benitez, although it should not be considered surprising.
West Bromwich Albion were never going to let one of their talented men leave on a free transfer, even if the player did not want to remain at the club.
Newcastle will now need to weigh up whether to make an offer for him to turn a deal into a permanent one and they could have time on their side.
They will be able to get to see him in action and in their system up close this season, however, should he perform well, or if West Brom are promoted back to the Premier League, he could become a costly option.
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