Published: Sun, August 05, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Salomon Rondon: Newcastle close to signing West Brom striker

Salomon Rondon: Newcastle close to signing West Brom striker

United begin their Premier League campaign August 11 with a home fixture against Tottenham.

The news is a boost for Benitez, who admitted after Wednesday's 4-0 friendly loss to Braga that he is "really worried" about Newcastle's hopes for the season.

The Venezuelan had been tipped with a move to Tyneside last month, but the switch stalled after the clubs failed to reach an agreement.

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez added: "I am really pleased to have Yoshinori Muto with us".

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Newcastle United and West Brom are back in talks over loan swap of strikers Salomon Rondon and Dwight Gayle.

With the transfer deadline just six days away and his contract approaching its a year ago, Benítez aired his concern about the current situation and admitted he was fearful about the oncoming season: "The fans have to be concerned, we are concerned".

While the vast majority are sympathetic with Benitez, one man who is not is Richard Keys.

He also said he thought the club needed "three or four more players".

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So far this summer Newcastle have sold Mikel Merino to Real Sociedad for £10mn, Aleksandar Mitrovic to Fulham for £22mn, Chancel Mbemba to Porto for £8mn and Matz Sels to Strasbourg for £3.5mn.

Newcastle had already signed Mikel Merino, Martin Dubravka, Fabian Schär and Sung-yong Ki.

The club announced that Muto has signed an initial four-year contract at St James' Park.

Information from The Associated Press and Reuters was used in this report.

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But, we must stress, the deal is only for this season, come next May both players will return to their parent clubs.

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