This is an interesting revelation from the Gazette, isn’t it? To be honest, trying to sign Rondon on another loan deal makes sense from a Newcastle perspective and how we’ve come to understand the club under owner Mike Ashley. The Sports Direct tycoon is always unwilling to spend money when he can avoid it where Newcastle are concerned, while his policy has always been to try and sign young players with high potential sell on values. Rondon, at 29 years of age, doesn’t really fit that criteria. So it makes sense that the Magpies would try and get him in on just a loan deal where they pay only his wages and perhaps a minor loan fee. The club would then have been able to sign the Venezuelan for free a year later, thus saving money on a transfer fee for a then-30-year-old player. However, West Brom rightfully rejected their approach, seeing that it would be a nonsensical thing to do from their point of view.