West Brom centre-forward Salomon Rondon has rejected an offer to join Newcastle United on a permanent deal, according to Askam.
The Turkish news outlet claims that the 29-year-old is now more likely to join Fenerbahce after he was unimpressed by what the Magpies were offering him to make his switch to the North-East permanent after an impressive loan spell last season.
It is understood that Fenerbahce are ready to offer Rondon a deal worth up to around £70,000-a-week.
Askam’s report is very hard to believe. Rondon made it clear on more than one occasion that he was happy at Newcastle and all that it would take for him to make the move there permanent would be for Mike Ashley to let Rafa Benitez trigger his £16.5million release clause. Rondon’s too good to play in Turkey’s top-flight, that’s a league that Premier League flops usually go to play in and Fenerbahce won’t even be playing in Europe next season so it’s hard to see what the big appeal would be. Rondon will surely stay in the Premier League with Wolves and West Ham reportedly keen on the Baggies target man. He was in top form last season as he won Newcastle’s player of the year award after scoring 12 goals in 33 appearances across all competitions. Newcastle need to sort out their ownership and manager issues before approaching Rondon, so they probably haven’t offered him anything yet.