Newcastle United are keen on signing West Brom striker Salomon Rondon on a permanent deal, as per a report by Birmingham Live.

The 29-year-old joined the Premier League side on a season-long loan in August and Dwight Gayle went the other way to the Hawthorns as part of the deal.

Rondon scored his first goal for the Magpies in their EFL Cup defeat away to Nottingham Forest in late August. His time in the North-East has been affected by injuries but he scored his first and second top flight goals for Newcastle on Saturday against AFC Bournemouth.

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He managed 28 goals in three seasons in the Premier League for West Brom. Rondon joined the Baggies in 2015 from Zenit for around £12 million and turned out to be a key player for them.

The Venezuelan started his career with Aragua before moving to Las Palmas in 2008. He spent two seasons in the Spanish second tier and earned himself a move to Malaga in 2010. It was on the Costa Del Sol where Rondon made his name and he scored 27 goals in 72 games for the Spanish side.

He was then signed by Russian giants Rubin Kazan in 2012 for £15.8 million.  The 28-year-old bagged a combined 25 goals in two seasons and was signed by Zenit. Rondon then spent two-and-a-half years with them, maintaining his decent goal scoring form in Russia, before opting for a fresh challenge in England.

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It was an inspired bit of transfer business by Newcastle to bring in a proven Premier League goal scorer like Rondon in on loan over the summer. The question is, will they now fork out the money to sign him on a permanent basis?


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