According to the Northern Echo, West Ham are now prepared to meet Salomon Rondon’s £16.5m release clause.
If true, this means there’s now TWO Premier League clubs rivalling our interest in the Venezuelan, with it also confirmed this week that Wolves have approached the Baggies over a potential deal.
Here’s a snippet from Scott Wilson’s piece for the Northern Echo, which includes a line confirming the Hammers interest in Rondon:
‘West Brom’s failure to win their play-off semi-final against Aston Villa means the buyout clause in Rondon’s contract has been set at £16.5m.
“West Ham United having indicated they are willing to pay the sum if it enables them to prise the striker from Newcastle’s clutches.‘
It seems quite clear that Rondon will opt for a permanent move to St James’ Park IF we did activate his release clause this summer, however he now has two attractive propositions should we dither on the deal much more.
He’s our player of the season, he’s enjoyed the best goalscoring return in English football and it’s said his family are settled in Northumberland, so even though interest is mounting from two ambitious top 10 clubs, I maintain it’s ours to lose.
It will all come down to the outcome of talks between Benitez and Ashley. Keep Rafa and give him what he wants and Rondon stays, but to lose both would be absolutely devastating.