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.
Frustrated to sign another on loan or best to see how he does before we commit to signing him?
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