Given this deal has gone a little quiet over the last 24 hours, this is a much needed update from George – a man who’s known to be one of the more reputable reporters when it comes to all things NUFC.
Here’s what he’s had to say on the deal on Twitter when a Newcastle fan asked him by a Newcastle fan if a deal was close:
“As things stand, I don’t think Gayle wants to leave NUFC which is both fair enough and impressive in many ways.
“So that is delaying things (for Rondon’s move).”
Just to answer this, belatedly … as things stand, I don’t think Gayle wants to leave Nufc which is both fair enough and impressive in many ways. So that is delaying things.
— George Caulkin (@CaulkinTheTimes) July 31, 2018
So, it seems Gayle’s preference to stay at Newcastle is holding up the Rondon deal – suggesting that we’re reliant on Gayle leaving if we’re to sign the West Brom striker?
As George alludes to, it’s positive to hear a player be keen to stay and fight for his place at the club, but it seems as though Benitez is happy for him to leave – with Rondon clearly deemed an upgrade on the current Newcastle number 9.
In an ‘ideal world’ (a phrase I use lightly given this transfer window has been anything but ideal), we’d keep Gayle and sign Rondon, allowing both to compete with new boy Yoshinori Muto in the striking department – but it seems like Gayle may have to be sold to fund a move for the Venezuelan (possibly due to his £16.5m asking price that we’ve clearly been reluctant to pay).
Let’s hope this one gets sorted out one way or another as soon as possible.
There’s not long left now and a deal for a new striker is NOT one we can afford to miss out on with just 9 days to remaining for Rafa.
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