Newcastle United have been given extra time in their pursuit of Salomon Rondon, despite a number of clubs being interested in his signature, according to The Chronicle.
The newspaper claim that sources close to Rondon have admitted the Magpies will get a presentable opportunity to sign the Venezuelan forward permanently for £16.5million as they leave the door open to pounce ahead of their rivals.
Rondon spent last season on-loan at St James’ Park and has attracted interested from Fenerbahce, alongside Premier League duo Wolves and West Ham, although is said to have loved his time at the club and would welcome a return.
The 29-year-old was instrumental in guiding Rafael Benitez’ side up the Premier League after a poor start, scoring 11 and assisting seven goals in his 31 appearances for the club.
Salomon Rondon will no doubt want to return to Newcastle, especially if they manage to keep hold of manager Rafael Benitez. The fact that sources close to striker admit the Magpies will be given more time and a reasonable chance of securing the Venezuelan proves the ball is in their court at the current moment. Should Benitez stay, he would no doubt want assurances that the front three he assembled last season will be at the club once the Premier League kicks off once again. Rondon, along with Ayoze Perez and Miguel Almiron formed a great trio that reaped havoc on other teams’ defences until Almiron picked up an injury. Both Wolves and West Ham have other options to lead their line and their interest should pass once Rondon returns from the Copa America. With Fenerbahce also interested, once the situation regarding Benitez’ future and the takeover of the club is sorted, Newcastle must make Rondon their top priority.