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
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.
To sell Arnautović for £22m and bring in Rondon for £16m would have been fantastic business. Incredibly frustrating if we lose out on him 😏
— Wᴇsᴛ Hᴀᴍ Sᴏᴄɪᴀʟ (@WestHamSocial) July 7, 2019
I’m actually fuming Reading we may be losing out on him. 16 mil for a proven striker. No brainier! What are we waiting for???
— Matty Denners (@Denner7s) July 7, 2019
No-one to blame but ourselves (DS & Husillios) if this happens. We’ve known the release clause since before the window opened & have penny pinched around it trying to be clever.
— David Clerihew (@DavidClerihew) July 7, 2019
Disgusted if we don’t get him such an easy cheap option with unreal quality
— 👑Arth⚒ (@MagesticMasuaku) July 7, 2019
Why can’t we just pay the release clause for Robdon and be done with it?
We won’t find a better player for £16.5m…
— Alan (@whuaIan) July 7, 2019
Why do we always take so long in signing players?? Rondon has a release clause, so pay it, not offering fringe players etc… he would have been class for us
— antony baddeley (@antonybaddeley) July 7, 2019