Sky Sports make frustrating Salomon Rondon claim after announcing Gayle’s West Brom move

Sky Sports claim Dwight Gayle has now signed for West Brom on a season-long loan – however they claim that Salomon Rondon’s loan move to St James’ Park will NOT include an obligation to buy.

We look set to pay the Baggies a £2m loan fee for Rondon’s services, however Sky claim that there is no option to buy (contrary to reports over the weekend that there would be an option to buy) – meaning both Rondon and Gayle could return to their parent clubs at the end of the season.

Here’s a snippet from their piece this afternoon, confirming Gayle’s exit and Rondon’s imminent arrival – but suggesting that there may be no option for Benitez to sign the Venezuelan permanently:

‘Newcastle United striker Dwight Gayle has signed for West Bromwich Albion on a season-long loan, according to Sky sources. 

‘Gayle’s switch is part of Newcastle’s move for Salomon Rondon and it is understood that the Venezuelan forward was on Tyneside on Sunday to undergo a medical ahead of his transfer to St James’ Park.

‘Sky Sports News has been told that Newcastle will pay a £2m loan fee for their part of the deal, which includes no obligation to buy.’

Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy with this deal in the circumstances, with Rondon and upgrade on Gayle and a player far better suited to Rafa’s system in the lone striker role, however it’s yet another sign that we’re reluctant to spend.

Rondon is out of contract next summer, but West Brom do have an option to extend his deal by a year – so he will NOT be leaving on a free next summer when his deal could have expired.



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12 thoughts on “Sky Sports make frustrating Salomon Rondon claim after announcing Gayle’s West Brom move

  1. There can’t be an obligation to buy – he’s a free agent next summer, so who in their right mind would pay a fee when he’d be out of contract in a matter of weeks.
    But if this season goes well and he settles, there’s every chance he signs on a free and we get Gayle back as well – seems pretty sensible to me.
    The alternative was pay £16.5m relegation clause – or pay £2m for the loan. The only down side in this scenario is we loose Gayle.

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  2. Sharpy17:
    There can’t be an obligation to buy – he’s a free agent next summer, so who in their right mind would pay a fee when he’d be out of contract in a matter of weeks.
    But if this season goes well and he settles, there’s every chance he signs on a free and we get Gayle back as well – seems pretty sensible to me.
    The alternative was pay £16.5m relegation clause – or pay £2m for the loan.The only down side in this scenario is we loose Gayle.

    didnt you read far enough??

    Rondon is out of contract next summer, but West Brom do have an option to extend his deal by a year – so he will NOT be leaving on a free next summer when his deal could have expired.

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  3. Of course you can have an option to buy
    Baggies just take there option for an extra year and then you buy him.
    If your silly suggestion is right we’ve sold him to you for 2 mil and you get Gayle

    Now I won’t be too hard on you as you may be a youngster or have difficulties understanding. So silly is a far as will go

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  4. Sharpy17:
    There can’t be an obligation to buy – he’s a free agent next summer, so who in their right mind would pay a fee when he’d be out of contract in a matter of weeks.
    But if this season goes well and he settles, there’s every chance he signs on a free and we get Gayle back as well – seems pretty sensible to me.
    The alternative was pay £16.5m relegation clause – or pay £2m for the loan.The only down side in this scenario is we loose Gayle.

    As mentioned at the bottom of the article, WBA have option to extend his deal – so he won’t be a free next summer..

    It would’ve been possible to negotiate this, but no doubt Ashley was not keen to sign a player nearing his 30’s for a fee..

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  5. Danny: didnt you read far enough??

    Rondon is out of contract next summer, but West Brom do have an option to extend his deal by a year – so he will NOT be leaving on a free next summer when his deal could have expired.

    Can’t you think. EVERY club has an option to offer an extension to a player that is ending the term of their contract, and every player has the option to turn it down. If a player enters the last year without an agreement, then it is very unlikely that there will be one. Especially as they are unable to offer him Prem wages, while they are currently in the Championship. He would be foolish to extend if it turns out they don’t get repromoted and he has signed for them for the next three years. He would be signing merely to get WBA a fee next summer, when he can walk away and pick up a big signing on fee as a free agent.

    Now we know why this deal has been so protracted, with WBA seemingly expecting £16.5m for Rondon when he is out of contract soon, plus Gayle on loan. Err… no.

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  6. potski: Can’t you think.EVERY club has an option to offer an extension to a player that is ending the term of their contract, and every player has the option to turn it down.If a player enters the last year without an agreement, then it is very unlikely that there will be one.Especially as they are unable to offer him Prem wages, while they are currently in the Championship.He would be foolish to extend if it turns out they don’t get repromoted and he has signed for them for the next three years.He would be signing merely to get WBA a fee next summer, when he can walk away and pick up a big signing on fee as a free agent.

    Now we know why this deal has been so protracted, with WBA seemingly expecting £16.5m for Rondon when he is out of contract soon, plus Gayle on loan.Err… no.

    Wow… do you even follow football or know how it works? When a club has an inserted clause with the option to extend for another year the player has no choice in the matter.

    You have mixed up a club wanting to offer a player a new contract who’s out of contract and no clauses and a signed contract that has the clause in it that allows the club to extend by another year if they choose to. Two different things.

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  7. Do you think wba would be stupid enough to let him go on loan and then sign for nothing theve got that covered

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  8. Hey guys – as a baggies fan this is a great deal for both parties. You’ve got a good old fashioned striker – Albion fans loved his attitude, never gave up trying whilst getting no service from our abysmal midfield last year. He’ll score you lots of goals this season and we got a championship striker. Sorry to see him go out on loan but he deserves another shot at Premier League. You do Ron Ron Ron, yo do Ron, Ron!!!!

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  9. Olly how stupid are you that you would be upset there is not an ‘obligation’ to buy. Do you actually want it written in the contract that regardless of how he performs we HAVE to buy him? Bout the dumbest thing I have ever heard.

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  10. I thought there had to be a buy clause in place for him to sign on loan as we already have two loanees at the club.

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  11. Am I being a bit overly suspicious Armstrong leaves with an initial £1.75 million paid up front to don arrives £2 million loan fee was Armstrong sold r to fund rondon .Are we that short of money when e is the sky money ?

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  12. Apart from the fact hes a free agent next year West Brom are only loanng him out to hep fund theiir trip to the Championship – when they I come back up next year they want him back .

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