According to reports in the Midlands, Wolves are now favourites to sign Salomon Rondon – but it’s claimed they are still a ‘long way’ from an agreement, with him still ‘keen’ to rejoin Rafa Benitez at Newcastle.
The Express and Star say they’ve now ‘made the most ground on a potential deal’ and stolen a march on Newcastle, but state the Venezuelan would ideally like continue playing under Benitez next season.
That’s promising news for us, but only IF we do end up pursuing a permanent deal.
The report insists that ‘nothing is imminent’ and that Wolves haven’t activated his £16.5m release clause yet, although it’s no surprise to hear they’re making more progress on the deal than us, with takeover talk taking over and disrupting discussions over a new deal for Rafa Benitez.
It’s been stressed recently that Rondon’s preferred option is to re-sign at St James’ Park, but Time Spiers piece for the Express and Star does state that he WOULD be interested in a move to Molineux.
Rondon himself is currently training with the Venezuelan national squad ahead of this summer’s Copa America, something that will at least buy us some time and delay his decision ahead of a seemingly imminent permanent move from West Brom this summer:
Wolves’ interest was confirmed soon after the season drew to a close, claiming Nuno Esperito Santo wanted to bring in competition for Raul Jimenez, but they’re not the only Premier League club that have been linked.
That said, it’s claimed in the report that Rondon is one of many options he is looking at, with some younger alternatives being considered alongside Rondon.
It’s been reported that West Ham are in the running, while Everton have also been a linked with a possible move for the striker.