TEAMtalk reports Newcastle United are looking to further strengthen their chances of survival in the Premier League by finalizing a deal which would see the arrival of West Bromwich Albion striker Salomon Rondon to St. James Park. The 28-year-old Venezuelan target man is said to have a £16.5m release clause inserted into his contract with the Baggies but Newcastle instead are looking to make the purchase by paying the amount in installments, £4m this summer and £15m next year taking the valuation for the player to a total of £19m.
The Baggies must now prepare for life in the Championship without the powerful striker and must seek reinforcements if they are in need to sure up their goalscoring options. Three players whom Darren Moore can bring in as replacements for Rondon are as follows.
Young Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham would make a fine candidate in leading the Baggies’ team from the front. Chelsea’s loan policy will ensure the London club do not lose Abraham on a permanent basis but would welcome a temporary stint away from Chelsea, for their academy player.
Abraham is the ideal striker to have on the team. He is a towering figure and despite his stature, is quick and agile on the ball. He has a knack for being at the right place at the right moment and this can be credited to his sense of positioning on the field. The 20-year-old has Championship experience which he attained during his successful loan stay at Bristol City and would be a valuable acquisition for West Brom.
If West Brom wants a like for like replacement for Rondon, then they can turn their attention at fellow relegation victim Swansea City’s Wilfried Bony. The Ivorian striker is powerful and strong at leaping during set pieces. He is calm in front of goal and has good accuracy. He will be a good addition to have on Rafael Benitez’s team.
Bony’s fellow teammate Andre Ayew would also be an interesting target for the Baggies. The Ghana international is sharp to intercept any stray ball and almost immediately thinks of the forward pass. He is direct in his approach and is not shy to run at defenders. He not only has poacher like instincts in front of goal but can also read the over-all game effectively.