According to reports in the Midlands, West Brom have rejected a ‘cheeky’ loan offer from Newcastle United for Salomon Rondon – an embarrassing move from the club which is believed to have left Baggies chiefs ‘annoyed’.
If it’s not worrying enough that a striker averaging just 8 goals a season is now the man Rafa’s being forced to look at (presumably after being told we won’t sign his first and second choice targets), it’s made even worse that we’re now lodging ‘cheeky’ loan offers for what is ultimately a Championship player nearing his 30’s.
Sky have confirmed that we’ve made an approach and suggested that we’d only be willing to meet his £16m asking price if we sold Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Given Mitrovic is still an NUFC player, with Fulham yet to pay his alleged £20m price tag as of yet, does this explain (not justify!) why we’ve made such a cheeky offer for Rondon? It really makes you wonder how little Benitez has got to play with if we’re selling before we’re buying to this extent.
Here’s what the Express & Star (West Brom’s local paper) have had to say about our interest in Rondon, claiming we’ve now huffed West Brom with a cheeky loan offer:
“West Brom have told Newcastle to stump up cash for Salomon Rondon after rejecting loan offer.
“The Venezuelan has a £16.5m release clause written into his contract, but instead of triggering it, the Magpies have offered to take the striker on loan next season.
“That offer has annoyed decision-makers at The Hawthorns, who have no intention of letting their senior players leave on the cheap, and has been flatly rejected.
“Rondon only has one year left on his Albion contract, making a season-long loan economically senseless for the Baggies, because he could be a free agent next summer.
“Newcastle tried the cheeky offer because cash-strapped boss Rafa Benitez has been told he needs to sell-to-buy this summer.
“But he remains keen on Rondon, and could trigger his release clause to replace exit-bound Aleksandar Mitrovic once the Serbian is sold.”
Cheeky loan offer for a Championship player. Embarrassing https://t.co/UKHgcTP2fZ
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) July 17, 2018
Don’t get me wrong, I actually think Rondon’s a handful, a hard worker and potentially a better signing that most NUFC fans would give him credit for, but it really is getting quite silly now if we’re resorting to offers like this.
It just won’t work in the 21st century and makes absolutely no sense when he’s a player who’ll be out of contract next summer.
We’ve already missed out on Alassane Plea – the Nice striker believed to be Rafa’s No 1 striker target – so we better get our act together or we’ll risk messing up this deal too.
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