Rafa Benitez aims to scupper Newcastle United's hopes of signing Salomon Rondon - and lure him to China

Rafa Benitez is preparing a bid to lure Newcastle United target Salomon Rondon to China – according to reports.

Sunday, 7th July 2019, 8:00 am
Updated Sunday, 7th July 2019, 9:00 am
Rafa Benitez is plotting a move for Newcastle target Salomon Rondon

The striker enjoyed a stellar spell at St James’s Park under Benitez, and is thought to be in demand this summer after netting 12 times for the Magpies during a season-long loan from West Brom.

Newcastle themselves have not given up hope of securing a permanent deal for the 29-year-old, who has a £16.5million release clause in his contract with the Baggies.

But there is now fresh competition emerging from China, with Benitez keen to reunite with the striker at Dalian Yifang.

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The Daily Mail claim that the Spaniard is looking to swoop in and seal a permanent deal for the forward – who Albion are keen to offload this summer.

Premier League side West Ham remain keen too, but Benitez’s strong relationship with the player could prove a swaying factor.