West Brom striker Salomon Rondon is now reportedly attracting interest from French side Marseille according to a La Provence Report.

The Venezuelan was on loan at Newcastle for the 2018/19 season where he impressed scoring 11 goals in 32 appearances for the Premier League side.

It looked as though he was bound to be making a move to the Toon on a permanent basis next season with West Ham and Wolves recently seemingly ending their interest in him but now Ligue 1 side Marseille have entered the race for the striker.

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Andre Villas-Boas was appointed as the new manager only three weeks ago but he is now looking to rebuild the squad and sees Rondon as the perfect player to improve the team.

Their current main striker Mario Balotelli is leaving the club this summer after his contract expires and Villas-Boas wants the South American to replace him as he bids to get Marseille back into the Champions League after they only finished fifth last season.

Something which could sway the 29-year-old in joining the French club could be his previous alliance with Villas-Boas. Together, Andre Villas-Boas and Salomon Rondon won the Russian League title and Russian Supercup, when they were at Zenit St Petersburg.

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Rondon left Zenit in 2015 due to his desire in the Premier League and was sold to West Brom for £16million where although he was a good signing for them he never fully convinced the fans of his ability with some of the Hawthorns faithful believing his goal return should have been better for someone of his ilk.

Initially he was wanted by Newcastle on a permanent basis last summer but this was blocked by owner Mike Ashley due to his age and they instead agreed on a loan swap with Dwight Gayle going to the Baggies.

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However, with Rondon going on to become a fans’ favourite at St James Park and picking up their Player of the Season award, the supporters would surely become frustrated should they not win the race for Rondon.


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