Date: 16th May 2019 at 6:00pm
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Newcastle United have been told that they need to reach a quick decision on whether to pursue a permanent move for Salomon Rondon by the striker’s parent club West Bromwich Albion, according to the Birmingham Mail.  

The outlet report that West Brom have told Newcastle to hurry up and make a decision on the Venezuela international, and are potentially open to using Dwight Gayle, who has spent time on loan at the Hawthorns this season from Rafa Benitez’s side, as bait if a transfer deal is to be agreed.

Rondon’s contract with West Brom is thought to include a release clause of £16.5million, which has brought reported rivaled interest from Newcastle’s fellow Premier League side Wolves, according to the Daily Mail.

OPINION

It will be very interesting to see what happens with the future of Rondon this summer, after the striker’s impressive campaign at St James’ Park on loan from West Brom. The Venezuelan international will be wanting to play in the Premier League again next season, which is something his parent club can no longer offer after they were beaten by Aston Villa in the semi-finals of the Championship play-offs. That means the forward can leave for his reported release clause fee, which Newcastle will need to move swiftly to activate if they are to sign Rondon, who is inevitably attracting other interested parties after a good season in the top flight. Wolves are the other side in for Rondon, but if Newcastle move quickly they will probably be able to beat the Midlands club to his signature, not least because they can potentially offer Gayle as a makeweight in any deal if they want to. However, the longer the Magpies wait around the more chance they will miss out on Rondon, which would be a blow to their plans ahead of next season.