The striker is now back at West Brom after his season-long loan spell at St James’ Park came to an end last weekend, with the Venzuelan now available to sign for £16.5m after the Baggies failed to gain promotion back to the Premier League.
The report states that 7th place Wolves want to have ‘strong competition’ for Raul Jimenez next season, with them set to
Here’s a snippet from Simon Jones’ latest transfer piece for the Mail, stating Rondon has also received interest from Spain and Italy:
‘Wolves are rivalling Newcastle United for West Bromwich Albion striker Salomon Rondon.
‘The 29-year-old’s loan at Newcastle finished at the end of the season and he has a £16.5million buy-out clause.
‘Newcastle have still to make an offer for Rondon and that has opened the door for Wolves who want strong competition for Raul Jimenez.
‘Rondon finished the season with 15 goals for club and country and has one year left on contract.
‘Dwight Gayle has been on loan at Albion and Newcastle have considered offering him as a part of a swap deal but the Championship side won’t entertain that and want to treat the deals separately.
‘Wolves are an attractive proposition for Rondon having finished seventh in the Premier League with a talented squad and they are looking to kick on again next season. They want to upgrade their squad and have ambitious plans to develop Molineux also.
‘It’s understood they have sounded out Albion over their valuation of Rondon and have made initial proposals as have a couple of clubs from Italy and Spain.‘
It’s clear Rondon is keen to stay at St James’ Park, with him enjoying his best Premier League season yet under Rafa Benitez and being settled in the North-East, but an offer from Wolves could be a tempting one if we fail to activate his £16.5m release clause.
That said, playing second fiddle to Raul Jimenez may not be ideal for the 29-year-old after being such an integral part of our side this season.
Wolves could be playing in Europe next season, are showing ambition and have several talented players in their squad, but I maintain that we will get our man if we agree to pay his release clause.
Time to get this deal done before someone else does!