Newcastle confirm swap deal with West Brom for Salomón Rondón

Newcastle confirm swap deal with West Brom for Salomón Rondón

Newcastle confirm swap deal with West Brom for Salomón Rondón

Benitez has made no secret of his frustrations with what's taking place behind the scenes at St James' Park and is reportedly refusing to sign a contract extension with the Magpies until certain demands are met. "I wish you all the best".

Newcastle United manager, Rafa Benítez, said: "I am delighted to sign Salomon".

Newcastle said last week that they had reached an agreement with the Bundesliga club for the transfer.

"My obligation is to try to improve the squad as much as I can until the last day".

"We are concerned. Everyone in the dressing room was really upset with our performance and with how things are going, but we will try to change things in the next 10 days". The former Liverpool manager had initially thought he would have around £45mn to spend but has since been instructed he would have to operate under a sell-to-buy policy.

Announcing the news on their official website, Newcastle's statement claimed Rondon was Benitez's "number one transfer target" this summer.

The Magpies had already snapped up Martin Dubravka, Fabian Schar, Ki Sung-yueng, Kenedy and Yoshinori Muto to boost Rafael Benitez's options, but the Spaniard has remained in pursuit of another striker. The Venezuelan striker has not scored more than ten goals in any of his three seasons at West Brom but s the type of striker who contributes elsewhere in attack and will facilitate other attackers coming into play.

Mainz director of sports Rouven Schroeder said the club had respected the player's wish to play in the Premier League.

Information from The Associated Press and Reuters was used in this report.

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