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Newcastle offered striker and weigh up release clause bid

Newcastle United are one of a number of clubs who have been offered West Bromich Albion striker Salomon Rondon.

The Venezuelan international is keen to leave the Hawthorns this summer following the Baggies’ relegation to the Championship and has a number of potential suitors.

Salomon Rondon.

Salomon Rondon.

As well as Rafa Benitez’s side, Chelsea, Tottenham and West Ham have all been linked with the forward.

And it is understood that Newcastle are one of a number of clubs to have been offered the striker.

Rondon, who netted 10 times in all competitions last season, has a £16.5million release clause in his deal which has alerted a number of clubs.

West Brom boss Darren Moore is keen to move the striker on and has made several of those sides aware of his availability over the summer.

Benitez is keen to land a new striker this summer and Rondon is thought to be one of a number of options being considered by the club.

But any potential deal could be a long way off with the Spaniard still unsure on whether he could splash out the fee required to meet the striker’s release clause.

Benitez is understood to be working with a transfer budget of around £40million for next season, though that could be boosted by money coming in via player sales.

The first outgoing looks set to be defender Chancel Mbemba, with the player’s agent confirming they are talks with Porto over a four-year deal.

The out-of-favour centre-half was linked with Anderlecht, but now looks set to move to Portugal, where he will be playing in the Champions League next season.

Meanwhile, talks between the club and Benitez over a new contract are at an impasse, with the Spaniard linked once again with the national job after the shock sacking of head coach Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the World Cup.

Benitez still has one year left on his Newcastle contract.