With a successful 2018/19 campaign for Wolverhampton Wanderers as we returned to the Premier League in some style and secured a seventh placed finish and Europa League action for the coming year, there was some surprise in the fanbase when we were linked with West Bromwich Albion striker Salomon Rondon and it was suggested we would rival Newcastle United for his services this summer.
Reports first surfaced in May about our supposed interest in the 29-year-old Venezuelan international, but he would be a different kind of option for us and he had a decent year out on loan with Newcastle – finding the back of the net 14 times in total across all competitions.
A number of fans were certainly happy with the links and the belief is his release clause stands at £16.5million which is hardly extreme in the modern game.
With Newcastle’s ownership and managerial issues still playing out, it was assumed we’d stolen a march on them but as of yet nothing of a concrete nature has happened with any presumed interest.
Turkish media (Via Sport Witness) have claimed that Fenerbahce are keen on doing a deal for him but they would prefer a loan. With talk of a £4million loan fee and a belief that West Brom have already knocked that back, I have no idea why some reports seem to think this would be a complication for us.
As part of his loan deal with Newcastle he had to sign a new 12 month extension so West Brom protected his release fee, there’s not a cat in hell’s chance they will loan him out again and deny themselves a potential £11 odd million quid – especially to Turkey where he’d fall off the Premier League radar.
We will remain in pole position – if our interest is true.