It was the news that most football fans knew that was coming, but it still dropped like a bomb when it was made official that Rafa Benitez will be leaving Newcastle United come the end of his contract on the 30th June.
It poured more misery onto Newcastle fans, who have suffered more than enough in the Mike Ashley era of the club, but the news has also shifted the outcome of this summer transfer window, and one team who could be in line to profit from it is West Ham with Salomon Rondon.
Of course, the Venezuelan striker was named Newcastle’s Player of the Season in the previous campaign as the on-loan attacker hit 11 goals and seven assists for the Magpies, and with parent club West Bromwich Albion failing to secure promotion to the Premier League, it is likely Rondon will be on the move this summer, and the Hammers have already moved in for the centre forward despite previous interest from Newcastle as per the Daily Star.
The same publication also claim that Manuel Pellegrini’s side have had a reported bid of £10 million plus Sam Byram and Jordan Hugill rejected by the Albion, though new manager Slaven Bilic is resigned to offloading his key asset for under the market value, but with Newcastle currently in crisis, West Ham have to ensure they are the ones to seal Rondon’s signature this window.
With Andy Carroll gone and Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic both being reported by Goal and Tuttosport via Sempreinter respectively to be on the way out, the Hammers are in need of a striker this summer, and Rondon’s record with Newcastle last season more than makes him qualified to fill the role.
As the Toon Army look for a man to fill Benitez’s shoes, West Ham should be using this time wisely to sign their star man from last season, who has shown he can thrive in the Premier League in the right squad.
West Ham fans, will the club sign Rondon this summer? Let us know!