Newcastle United have been given the green light to press ahead with their Salomon Rondon pursuit. According to Turkish media outlet Takvim (via Sport Witness), West Ham are no longer in the race for Rondon.
This leaves Newcastle battling it out with Turkish Super Lig side Fenerbahce instead. Rondon spent last season on loan at Newcastle and will probably favour a return.
West Ham could have offered the Venezuela international a new challenge. After he scored 12 goals on loan at Newcastle, the West Bromwich Albion striker proved his Premier League credentials.
Manuel Pellegrini worked with the physical centre-forward at Malaga. But it seems he is focusing on other striker targets with West Ham cooling their interest in Rondon.
Who else could West Ham sign?
According to The Guardian, Rondon was one of four strikers on West Ham’s wishlist. Celta Vigo’s Maxi Gomez headed the list. And the other two options were Lorient striker Alexis Claude-Maurice and Fulham forward Aleksandar Mitrovic.
But the Hammers might have to think more practically with reports of a relatively low budget. Pellegrini will be weighing up his options, while Mario Husillos will scour the market for bargains.
Lucas Perez and Andy Carroll have already departed, while Javier Hernandez is expected to leave. This means West Ham need at least two new strikers so it will be interesting to see who comes in.