According to a report from the Mirror, Newcastle United are set to revert to a transfer policy of buying younger players, potentially putting West Brom striker Salomon Rondon’s hopes of a permanent move to St James’ Park in jeopardy.
West Brom striker Salomon Rondon’s hopes of making his loan move to Newcastle United permanent at the end of the season could’ve taken a big hit, with the Mirror reporting that Toon owner Mike Ashley is keen to sign young players who can be sold on for bigger fees in the future.
Rondon has made no secret of the fact that he is thoroughly enjoying his time on Tyneside, heavily hinting on several occasions that he wants to make his move permanent when the summer transfer window comes around.
Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez is also keen to bring in the striker permanently, but the pressing issue of his soon expiring contract is expected to rely heavily on proof of investment from Mike Ashley.
By no means is Rondon beyond the peak of his capabilities at the age of 29. The striker has impressed massively during his time on Tyneside, netting nine goals in 25 games for Newcastle, with his determination and bullish play style earning him a place in the hearts of the Toon Army.
However, if Mike Ashley does choose to revert to a policy of buying young players, Rafa Benitez could face a battle if he wants to sign Rondon, who will turn 30 in the opening weeks of next season.
While Rondon has his heart set on Newcastle, if a switch to St James’ Park does not materialize, West Brom will not be short of options for the striker. Other clubs could look to pounce for the striker with his career at the Hawthorns looking set to come to an end.