By Pete O’Rourke
Newcastle United are in pole position to sign West Brom striker Salomon Rondon after Wolves pulled out of the race, Football Insider understands.
The north-east giants are keen to make Rondon’s 2018-19 loan a permanent deal but have not yet been given the green light from the club to table a formal offer for him.
A Newcastle source has told Football Insider the club lead the race for Rondon following Wolves’ decision to shelve their interest due to the cost of the deal.
West Ham are also keeping tabs on the Venezuela international but he is not considered a priority for them at this current time.
The Midlands giants felt the combination of the £16.5million release fee and the player’s personal demands are too much for a forward who turns 30 in September.
Newcastle have been reluctant to bid for Rondon while there is so much uncertainty at the club over a potential takeover and the situation of manager Rafael Benitez, who is out of contract at the end of the month.
Rondon is due to return to pre-season training with West Brom next month after spending last season on loan at Newcastle, where he was the undisputed first choice striker.
He scored 12 goals and supplied seven assists from 33 appearances and won the club’s Player of the Season award.
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