The Chronicle reports that Salomon Rondon has now moved his family up north – with the striker also admitting that Tyneside has become ‘home’ for him since his move from the Midlands club in the summer.
He may have more to do to prove himself to club chiefs, but this seems like a real hint that a permanent move from West Brom could be in the pipeline.
Here’s what he’s had to say after confirmation that he’s now moved his family up to the north-east:
“I was settled here quickly.
“I have played around the world but to be settled already is good.
“I am settled and my family is settled, I now have to just keep on working.
“Ever since I arrived here it has been friendly.
“When I first signed some people recognised me around the city and they came over to say welcome.
“They shook my hand and I asked them about the city.”
There doesn’t appear to be an option to buy the Venezuelan permanently included in his loan deal, but the fact that Dwight Gayle moved the other way – and done so well – means a potential ‘swap deal’ could be possible.
Despite 2 goals and a solid performance against Bournemouth, the jury is still out so see if he is the man that can lead the line for us and score enough goals for us going forward, but if his last performance is anything to go by then the signs look positive.
Rondon’s style does suit our style of play and he will get goals as long as he gets service, which has been lacking for most of the season, but he still has work to do.
The fact he has moved his family up with him suggests he is enjoying is time on Tyneside, and the presence of his family could improve his performance on the pitch as he will feel more settled. It also suggests that a permanent move is very much in his thoughts.