Rafa Benitez 'confident' of striker deal as Newcastle make Salomon Rondon move

Newcastle United have finally approached West Bromwich Albion over a move for Salomon Rondon, according to a report.

Tuesday, 17th July 2018, 3:46 pm
Updated Tuesday, 17th July 2018, 4:12 pm
Salomon Rondon.

Rondon has a £16.5million release clause in his contract at The Hawthorns following the club's relegation from the Premier League.

And the striker is among Rafa Benitez's summer targets.

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United's hierarchy have known the terms of the clause for some time, but there have been concerns about spending a club-record fee on a 29-year-old.

However, Sky Sports claim that there have been talks over a move for Rondon.

Manager Benitez was today asked about the club's striker search at the club's training camp in Ireland.

Salomon Rondon.

"I'm quite confident, but it's a question of when," said Benitez. "We're working on that."

Newcastle plan to fund their move for a striker by selling £20million-rated Aleksandar Mitrovic, who is expected to join Fulham this summer.