As confirmed by the Telegraph’s Luke Edwards in the last few moments, Newcastle are now pushing to secure a deal to sign Salomon Rondon BEYOND the end of the season.
The north-east reporter states that the club are in talks with West Brom – claiming the ‘most likely scenario’ is that we agree to sign him on ANOTHER season long loan, with us allowing then allowing the Baggies to sign Jacob Murphy on loan as a result.
As far as any permanent deal is concerned, he claims West Brom want £15m for the striker – which seems excessive given his current deal expires in just 12 months time.
Here’s a snippet from Luke Edwards’ latest post on the Telegraph’s live transfer blog:
“Right, so here is the thing. The mystery striker Newcastle United are trying to sign is in fact Salomon Rondon, who is already playing for the club, wearing the number nine shirt and doing rather well, it has to be said.
“But, please, stick with me. Newcastle are working on a deal with West Brom that would see the burly centre forward remain on Tyneside beyond the end of the season. The most likely scenario is they extend the 29-year-old loan for another year in return for Jacob Murphy heading to The Hawthorns this month.
“It all seems overly complicated to me, but West Brom would want around £15m to sell this month, yet Rondon will only have 12 months left on his contract when he is due to return to them in June. Importantly, he does not want to go back to the Midlands as he is thoroughly enjoying his time at Newcastle.
“Can Newcastle manage to get this convoluted negotiation done before tonight’s deadline? You wouldn’t re-mortgage you house to bet on it happening, but we shall see.”
I struggle to see how West Brom would agree to another loan – especially if all they’re getting in return is Murphy until the end of the season – however this would be a huge boost for us.
A permanent deal would be the ideal scenario for us, but having him secured for the 2019/2020 campaign would be a huge relief given how key he’s been this season.
Could we now use Gayle or Hayden as another bargaining tool? Time will tell..