The club’s bid to sign Salomon Rondon from West Brom has stalled, according to Sky Sports News.
Dwight Gayle has failed to agree personal terms as part of a loan swap deal, and it means we will likely have to pay a transfer fee to land the 6ft 1 striker this summer.
When we polled fans about whether we should move on to other targets, the majority think we should continue our pursuit of the Venezuelan and stump up the money to sign him:
Unfortunately, it seems Rondon’s release clause has expired. It was reported that the 28-year-old had a £16.5m buyout fee but local newspaper the Express & Star are reporting that this clause has “timed out.”
Where that leaves our pursuit of the forward, it is not known. Rafa Benitez has indicated that he would still like to sign the South American, but this news makes any deal less likely with just a week to go to the transfer deadline.