Tottenham may launch summer swoop for PL gladiator, overhaul anticipated - report
Tottenham may launch a swoop swoop for West Brom forward Salomon Rondon, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claims that West Ham are interested in Rondon, 28, as he will be available for £16.5million in the summer due to a relegation clause in his contract.
It is understood that Chelsea and Spurs may also look into signing the Venezuela international as a back-up option to their current first choice strikers.
Rondon will enter the final year of his contract at The Hawthorns in a few months having signed for the Baggies three years ago in a £12million deal from Zenit St Petersburg.
The combative striker, known by his nickname ‘The Gladiator’, has since struggled to find the net on a consistent basis, scoring just 23 goals in 103 Premier League appearances.
The report adds that West Brom are anticipating an overhaul in the summer, with all funds from player sales set to be reinvested in rebuilding the squad.
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Football Insider verdict
Spurs really do not need Rondon. He barely ever performs well when coming off the bench and he is never going to replace Harry Kane in the starting line-up. Vincent Janssen has not had the best of seasons on loan at Fenerbahce but even he is a better option than the goal-shy Baggies forward, who despite his hardwork and passion, just does not come up with the good when needed. His form in front of goal has been a factor in West Brom’s soon-to-be confirmed relegation. Albion have not been able to get a striker signing right since Romelu Lukaku’s loan in 2012/13, but they have done well to include a release clause that will see them net a profit on Rondon.
In other Tottenham news, Spurs will open talks over offloading this first-team star if they receive a ‘Coutinho-sized fee’.