Newcastle United are ready to make some moves in the January transfer window and if reports are to be believed they are willing to sign Salomon Rondon on a permanent basis.
With Mike Ashley refusing to pay Rondon’s release clause in the summer the forward eventually arrived at the club on a season long loan and the results are pretty encouraging so far. The Venezuelan made a sluggish start in the Tyneside but his eye catching performance in the last few matches could help Benitez in sealing a permanent deal for the player.
Ashley was reluctant to shell out £16.5m for a player who will be entering his thirties and the Newcastle owner has a stiff principle when it comes to splashing money for a player above 30.
However, the situation could change as the club hierarchy are set for a showdown talks with West Bromwich Albion regarding a permanent switch in January.
Dwight Gayle who moved to the opposite direction in the swap deal also interested in staying at the Hawthorns on a permanent basis which could ease up the pressure a bit.
Gayle has found the rhythm pretty instantly in the Championship as he has nine goals in his kitty in 14 games. It remains to be seen how Ashley handles the situation which could define their remainder of the season.