Newcastle confirm S. Rondon signing on season long loan

Salomon Rondon has completed his loan move to Newcastle, with fellow striker Dwight Gayle moving to West Brom as part of the deal.

 A key target for manager Rafa Benitez, Rondon had been the subject of two failed bids as the Magpies initially struggled to meet West Brom's asking price.

But the addition of Gayle - who struck 23 times in the Championship in 2016-17 - into the deal eventually convinced West Brom to part with the 28-year-old forward.

The Venezuelan international becomes Newcastle's sixth summer signing following the arrivals of Martin Dubravka, Kenedy, Ki Sung-yueng, Fabian Schar and Yoshinori Muto.

And after finalising the move, Rondon expressed his pride at joining 'one of the biggest clubs in the EPL'.

'It's an honour to be here and I'm excited to get started with my team mates,' he said. 'The clubs were talking for a long time and now I'm focused on the season to help my team mates to get the points to do well this season

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