West Ham United could be about to receive a blow to their chances of landing one of their rumoured transfer targets this summer.
Salomon Rondon has been heavily linked with a move to the London Stadium, with the Irons thought to have made a bid consisting of cash and players rejected (per the Daily Star), whilst they were also believed to have been readying a fresh £12million bid plus bonuses (per The Mirror) for the Venezuela international.
However, it seems those attempts at landing the West Bromwich Albion man could all be in vain as it would seem as though he is on the verge of completing a surprising move elsewhere.
According to a report by Football Insider, Rondon is believed to have agreed to personal terms with Dalian Yifang, where he will rejoin Rafa Benitez in China after an impressive spell together at Newcastle United.
The Chinese Super League outfit are prepared to trigger the £16.5m release clause (Express and Star) that West Ham appear to have been reluctant to meet with their previous bids.
Rondon could have been the striker that West Ham need ahead of the upcoming campaign; however, it seems that ship has sailed now for the Hammers.
The 29-year-old had been superb for the Magpies last season, as he netted 11 goals and provided seven assists in his 32 top-flight appearances for Newcastle last season (Transfermarkt); figures that would have gone a long way into helping replace Marko Arnautovic, who recently left for the Far East himself.
Also, Rondon knows Manuel Pellegrini well as the pair worked together during their time back at Malaga, which also proved to be rather successful. As the West Ham Way documented, Rondon was Pellegrini’s main striker in the season Malaga finished 4th and gained a Champions League spot after previously just missing relegation from La Liga the season before.
That would potentially have made any transition into the West Ham system seem relatively easy, whilst both Newcastle and West Ham like to play with one striker up top on a regular basis. Still, it appears China will be home to another former Premier League forward this summer.
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