The story states that we have already had a loan deal turned down and have tried to offer Rolando Aarons in a bid to sign the Venezuelan, however we appear to have had both proposals rejected by the Baggies.
And now it’s claimed Gayle is being offered, showing just how reluctant Mike Ashley seems to be to spend money and activate Rondon’s £16.5m release clause – a fee he’s clearly reluctant to pay for a player nearing his 30’s (turns 29 in September).
Here’s a snippet from Simon Jones’ latest piece for the Daily Mail:
‘West Brom turned down a loan enquiry from Newcastle for Salomon Rondon but with his buy out clause at £16.5m, are discussing taking Dwight Gayle as part of any deal.
‘Newcastle initially offered young winger Rolando Aarons, and also hope Rondon drops high wage demands as they wait on Fulham signing Aleksandr Mitrovic for £20m.
‘The club made an audacious approach to take Rondon on loan this week but have been told in no uncertain terms to activate the 28-year-old’s £16.5m buy out clause if they wish to sign him.’
We know Rafa hasn’t got much money to spend, but these really are pretty desperate attempts to avoid paying Rondon’s £16.5m release clause.
Not only that, it seems like we’re wanting Rondon to reduce his wage demands too, proving that even this deal – which seems relatively straightforward – is taking so much time and effort to complete.
Would you allow Gayle to go the other way if it meant we signed Rondon?
I prefer Rondon, but it doesn’t exactly solve our problem does it? We’d then still need another striker, with it leaving us just Joselu and Rondon if and when Mitrovic goes to Fulham.