The race for Salomon Rondon is hotting up. But according to The Star, joint-chairman David Sullivan believes West Ham are primed to win this transfer battle.
Sullivan thinks the Hammers can fend off interest from Newcastle United and Wolverhampton Wanderers for Rondon.
The Venezuela international has returned to West Bromwich Albion but he looks set to leave. With a release clause of £16.5m, these three Premier League clubs could swoop.
Salomon Rondon: the decision
Provided that Newcastle, West Ham and Wolves all trigger his release clause, Rondon will have a three-way decision to make. And each club has its own unique selling point.
Wolves can offer the 29-year-old Europa League football after finishing seventh. However, he will not have guaranteed game time at Molineux due to Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota’s form.
Newcastle is a familiar environment for him. The powerful forward scored 11 league goals for the Magpies last season, taking his total tally to 35 Premier League strikes.
But Newcastle finished lowest out of these three clubs and doubt surrounds the future of Rafa Benitez. This could open the door for West Ham.
Sullivan believes West Ham are in pole position because they can offer Rondon the most lucrative contract. There is also the lure of London helping West Ham.
And Rondon has previously worked with Manuel Pellegrini. The pair could reunite after a successful time together at Malaga. Sullivan thinks Rondon will join West Ham but only time will tell.