Date: 13th June 2019 at 1:30pm
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OPINION

Newcastle fans don’t want a great deal this summer.

Talks may be swirling over a potential buyout from a billionaire Sheikh, and outlandish transfer rumours may be springing up as a consequence of that, but realistically, for most fans, their wish list will only really have two items.

Firstly, and understandably, getting rid of Mike Ashley will be a priority after a decade and a half of toxic ownership.

Secondly, and more modestly, most fans will be hoping that the club can land a permanent deal for Salomon Rondon.

The Venezuelan was superb for the Magpies last season, hitting 12 goals in all competitions and assisting seven more. On top of that, his selfless hold up play and willingness to put in the hard yards for his team was a key factor in helping other players improve as well.

With that kind of form, and with West Brom failing to make it out of the Championship, it’s easy to see why a number of Premier League clubs have been willing to challenge Newcastle in their bid to snap him up.

Wolves and West Ham have been credited with an interest, as reported by the Chronicle, but according to Football Insider, the Midlands club have dropped out of the race to sign the South American.

The report claims that Wanderers consider the move to be too pricy, with Albion demanding £16.5 million for the 6’1″ striker [Transfermarkt].

Obviously, Wolves dropping out of the race does not guarantee that Rondon will sign for the Magpies, but you would have to say that it definitely increases the likelihood of him ending up on Tyneside next season.