By David Woods

18th Jun, 2018 | 3:41pm

Report: Benitez keen on former PL striker but one big Newcastle hurdle to overcome

Rafa Benitez is keen on bring West Brom striker Salamon Rondon to Newcastle, but finances could be a problem, according to a report.

The Newcastle Chronicle report that  new Baggies manager Darren Moore will get rid of Rondon this summer to fund new signings for a promotion push.

He has a £16.5million release clause, which in itself shouldn’t be a problem for Newcastle.

However, the report claims that his personal terms, along with an agent and player signing-on fee could put the player outside of Newcastle’s reach.

Football Insider verdict:

It’s virtually impossible to read a report about Newcastle’s hunt for a striker without it saying that they would struggle to get him over the line because of money. It must be hugely frustrating for Newcastle fans and for Benitez, who must have the patience of a saint to put up with the situation at St James’ Park. Let’s face it, the 28-year-old isn’t the biggest catch. He cost £15million when he signed from Zenit St Petersburg, and West Brom were relegated with him leading the line last season. He scored 10 goals in 40 games and it might be argued that he would score more in a team that created more chances, but it doesn’t bode well that Newcastle can’t afford to buy a Championship striker. They’re not the only teams interested in Rondon – West Ham, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, and Inter Milan have all been credited with an interest, but you’d have to think he’d be back-up to these sides. Newcastle want him as their number one striker. 

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