Newcastle United’s top brass have chosen not to pursue a deal for loan star Salomon Rondon despite West Brom potentially offering him up for a cut price this summer, according to the Sun.
The newspaper claim on their website that the Baggies could look to agree a fee below the £16.5million release clause the 77-cap international has included in his contract as a result of their failure to secure promotion back to the Premier League.
However, despite having netted 11 goals in his season-long loan at St James’ Park, it is stated the Magpies’ chiefs will choose to miss out on handing him a return to Tyneside, with departing manager Rafael Benitez said to have been the driving force in trying to keep him on board.
This might not be the news the Newcastle fans wanted to hear after they took Rondon in as one of their own – the Venezuelan winning the club’s player of the year award – but it should not come as a shock at all. At 29-years-old, his lack of future transfer value to the club meant that Benitez was fighting a battle to try and get those above him to sign him up permanently – a battle which he evidently lost. It could well be that the refusal to pursue a deal for Rondon was what ended up causing the Magpies to allow Benitez to leave St James’ Park under one of the greyest clouds football has ever seen. Now the Toon Army are facing a season without one of their favourite ever managers and their star striker from the last campaign. It does not get much worse for Newcastle fans and they will be praying there is some good news around the corner for right now life – or more specifically Mike Ashley – is landing blow after blow on them.