Salomon Rondon is closing in on a move to China, according to The Times. Dalian Yifang have triggered Rondon’s £16m release clause and negotiations about personal terms are progressing well.

Rafa Benitez is the new manager of Dalian Yifang and he wants a reunion with Rondon. Last season, the Venezeuala striker scored 12 goals on loan at Newcastle United under Benitez’s stewardship.

West Bromwich Albion know that Rondon will be leaving this summer. But the Baggies are holding out for his £16m release clause to be met.

West Ham hesitate to let Dalian Yifang in

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This is where West Ham appear to have gone wrong. The Hammers have stepped cautiously around this deal, instead offering a lower fee plus Sam Byram and Jordan Hugill (The Mirror).

West Brom rejected this proposal but West Ham have not rushed back with a second bid. Perhaps assuming that Newcastle losing Benitez would clear the path for them, West Ham’s dallying looks like it has cost them in this pursuit.

As Dalian Yifang close in on Rondon, West Ham fans vent their frustration. Here are some of the best opinions captured on social media after this news emerged.

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