Rondón moves to Newcastle from West Brom in loan swap with Gayle

Salomón Rondón is Newcastle’s sixth signing off the off-season. (Reuters pic)

NEWCASTLE: Newcastle United completed the season-long loan signing of Venezuela striker Salomón Rondón from West Bromwich Albion on Monday, with forward Dwight Gayle moving in the opposite direction in the same deal.

Rondón, Newcastle’s sixth signing of the off-season, scored 10 goals in 40 games in all competitions for West Brom last season as they were relegated from the Premier League.

Newcastle coach Rafael Benítez, who has been vocal about the club’s need to add fresh faces in the transfer window, was delighted by the capture of Rondón.

“When we were looking for options up front, we knew how important experience would be. Salomón has been in the Premier League for a while, and he knows how demanding it is,” he said.

Rondón, 28, said he had been aware of Benítez’s interest in securing his services.

“It’s an honour to be here, and I’m excited to get started with my teammates,” added the striker. “The clubs were talking for a long time.”

Gayle, who is 27, played a key part of Newcastle’s return to the top flight in 2017, scoring 23 goals in 32 appearances as the northeastern club won promotion.

He found life much harder against Premier League defenders, however, managing only six goals in 37 games last season.

West Brom head coach Darren Moore said Gayle’s track record in the Championship was a key factor in taking him on loan.

“This deal was in the best interests of both clubs,” Moore added. “Dwight is a proven goalscorer in the Championship. He’s quick and sharp off the back of defenders and I believe he will add to our goal threat.”