Loads of Newcastle supporters have been reacting on social media to West Bromwich Albion’s Play-Offs campaign coming to a crushing end at home to Aston Villa, and how the Baggies demise could affect our chances of signing Salomon Rondon on a permanent deal.
The Venezuelan is set to return to the Hawthorns in the summer, now that his one-season loan deal with us is approaching its official end. But there is hope around Tyneside that Mike Ashley will change his mind and pay the striker’s £16.5million release clause.
That figure is now set in stone after Dean Smith’s Villa Park natives progressed to the Play-Off Final and booked their date at Wembley, thanks to their penalty shoot-out victory on Tuesday night.
Had West Brom managed to usurp the efforts of the Birmingham-based outfit, and gone on to secure promotion back to the Premier League, then Rondon’s release clause would have risen north of £20million.
That cannot happen now, and Rondon, at most, would cost Ashley £16.5m plus wages.
Our owner already knows what the forward would demand in his contract at St James’ Park, as Rondon stated in March, via quotes reported by the Chronicle: “They know what I want and what my family want.
“I have spoken with them and made it clear. If there is an opportunity for me to be here – I’ll stay here 100%. If not, I will say thank you to everybody and see what happens next.
“It’s a pleasure to be here and my family are settled and happy to be here. I play with the number 9 on my back, and it’s a pleasure for me.
“After that, we will see what happens. I am still on loan, but if I get to stay here then I’ll be at a beautiful place. If not, I will say thank you and wish you all luck for the future.”
Fans on Reddit are hopeful that WBA remaining a Championship side will mean Rondon does not have to say his goodbyes anytime soon…