There have been plenty of things to talk about in West Bromwich Albion world across the 2018/19 Championship campaign, and one of the most bizarre stories of the year was the ‘not linked’ double loan deal seeing Salomon Rondon and Dwight Gayle change places.
Gayle’s arrival has proven to be a massive success with his goal contribution as we fell at the Play-Off Semi-Final stage this week against Aston Villa, but with Rondon only having a year left on his deal, and with a known relegation release fee in play, few could understand agreeing to a loan – especially as it didn’t include a buy clause.
With Rondon impressing at St James’ Park and making no secret of the fact he doesn’t want to return, his deal is now up with them and the Mirror have twisted reality a touch to suggest that a release fee of £16.5million wasn’t already known.
Rondon does return as things stand and it’s believed his deal automatically extends by 12 months, with the same release clause in place and that was a condition of agreeing the loan so we didn’t lose out on a transfer fee.
Newcastle have a decision to make, because Rondon will have attracted the attentions of others and with known and rumoured financial concerns at the Baggies, we’ll want a deal done as quickly as possible.