According to some ‘breaking news’ from Sky Sports in the last few moments, Newcastle are now ‘in talks’ to sign Salomon Rondon from West Brom – a laughable story given this has been common knowledge for several weeks now.
A month and a half on and the deal may well be edging closer, but the fact Sky seem to think it’s big news that we are now in talks – despite these having clearly taken place for several weeks now – is pretty laughable really.
Here’s their big bit of ‘BREAKING’ news shared on their transfer centre in the last few moments:
‘Newcastle are in talks with West Brom to sign Salomon Rondon, saySkysources.
‘The Venezuelan has a £16.5m release clause and Rafa Benitez sees him as a replacement for Aleksandar Mitrovic.
‘Newcastle have stepped up theirs interest following the Serb’s transfer to Fulham, which is close to completion.
‘The move for Rondon could involve Dwight Gayle going in the other direction – either in a straight loan swap OR a player-plus-cash deal.
‘Gayle was an unused sub in last night’s goalless draw with Porto.’
A deal may be edging closer, but to claim breaking news about ‘talks’ when we’ve clearly been discussing this transfer for several weeks is quite amusing. And it’s not been lost on NUFC fans on social media:
Sky are actually embarrassing..
— Black&WhiteBarmy (@BlackWhiteBarmy) July 29, 2018
The only semi-interesting part of this is that Sky suggest it will be either a straight loan swap OR a player plus cash swap deal that involves Dwight Gayle going the other way.
Aside from that, nothing’s really changed it seems.
Let’s hope we can see progress on this deal as soon as possible, though. With Mitrovic on his way, you’d suspect the signing of another striker is a top priority now.