According to Football Insider, Wolves are now ‘looking elsewhere’ after the overall package to sign Salomon Rondon proved to be too expensive.
While it could be seen as good news to hear Wolves may not be pursuing the Venezuelan, this doesn’t exactly bode well for ourselves when Mike Ashley is so reluctant to pay big money for any player nearing 30.
A £16.5m release clause is in place in his West Brom contract, but it may be that hefty agent fees and considerable wage demands are making the deal much more expensive than meets the eye.
Here’s a snippet from Pete O’Rourke’s latest piece for Football Insider’, suggesting Wolves have pulled out the race to sign the 29-year-old:
“Wolves have pulled out of the race to sign West Brom striker Salomon Rondon due to the cost of the deal, Football Insider can reveal.
“Wolves have shown an interest in Rondon as they look to bolster their attacking options ahead of next season, but a source close to the club has told Football Insider they have decided to look elsewhere due to the overall cost of any deal for the player.”
I actually vaguely remember reading that the overall package for Rondon would be much more than £16.5m when we were in talks to sign him last summer.
Signing him up on a permanent deal should still be one of our top priorities this summer – especially now we’ve ‘missed out’ on Wesley Moraes – however I struggle to see us paying the required fee for Rondon if big-spending Wolves aren’t prepared to.