When Salomon Rondon joined Newcastle on loan at the start of the season, it seemed to be quite an uninspiring signing.
The Venezuelan international was underwhelming during his time with West Brom from 2015 to 2018, scoring just 24 goals in 108 Premier League appearances for the Baggies, which is why it was a surprise when Rondon became a talisman for Rafa Benitez this season.
The former Zenit striker had his best season in England, scoring 11 and assisting seven as Rondon was named Newcastle’s Player of the Year after his contributions kept the northeast club in the Premier League for another season, and with West Brom failing to gain promotion from out of the Championship, plenty of teams are keeping tabs of the target man, including West Ham.
According to the Northern Echo via the Daily Star, Manuel Pellegrini is keen to get business done early this summer and with attackers such as Andy Carroll and Lucas Perez likely to this transfer window, the east London side are in need of strikers, and Rondon fits the bill perfectly.
With a release clause of £16.5 million, the Venezuelan striker will be a relatively cheap signing for West Ham and coming off the back of an impressive season with Newcastle, it looks like Rondon has finally found his feet in the Premier League.
Unlike fellow Hammers target Aleksandar Mitrovic, Rondon would bring much-needed experience to the team that are in need of a leader in the attack, and the West Brom man can bring that if Pellegrini moves in quick for a striker that many of West Ham’s rivals will be after for this summer.
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