According to reliable West Ham insider EXWHUEmployee, West Ham are well-positioned to sign Salomon Rondon. EXWHUEmployee told The West Ham Way podcast on Phoenix FM (Thursday 27th June) that West Ham have a strong chance of landing Rondon.
West Ham had an initial bid rejected for the powerful striker. But with other transfer moves stalling, Rondon could now be West Ham’s top target. EXWHUEmployee confirms that the Irons will return with a fresh swoop.
West Brom reject Salomon Rondon swap deal
West Ham opened the bidding with a cash-plus-players offer. According to The Mirror, West Ham offered West Brom £10m plus Jordan Hugill and Sam Byram.
West Brom’s manager is Slaven Bilic so West Ham will be eager to co-operate with their former player and manager. But the Baggies were not keen on the original proposal.
Hugill spent last season on loan at Middlesbrough while Byram was at Nottingham Forest. Both players could be set for a permanent move to the Championship.
But Bilic does not appear to be keen on the initial bid from his ex-club. West Ham will have to revisit this deal with a straight cash offer or change the player(s) involved in the part-exchange.
Rafa Benitez exit could help West Ham
Rondon spent last season on loan at Newcastle, scoring 12 goals, including 11 in the league. During his time at St James’ Park, the Venezuela international became a fan favourite with some impressive performances as a centre-forward.
Newcastle have been trying to woo Rondon back (The Chronicle). This move would have appealed to the 29-year-old, who appears settled with the Magpies. But the Rafa Benitez latest could help West Ham.
Benitez has left his post as Newcastle manager. And amid uncertainty over the club’s ownership, Newcastle might miss out on Rondon. West Ham would also have to shake off Wolves (according to The Daily Mail), but EXWHUEmployee believes the Hammers could finalise this deal.