Salomon Rondon sends heartfelt message to West Brom fans after joining Newcastle

Salomon Rondon sends heartfelt message to West Brom fans after joining Newcastle

Even many Manchester United fans can now find a soft spot for the former Liverpool manager, who currently finds himself struggling to cope with life at Newcastle.

Dwight Gayle has joined West Brom as part of the deal.

Rondon, 28, scored seven times in the Premier League last season as West Brom were relegated to the Championship.

Venezuela global Rondon becomes Benitez's sixth summer recruit, following on from the signings of Martin Dubravka, Kenedy, Yoshinori Muto, Fabian Schar and Ki Sung-yeung.

With West Brom manager Darren Moore interested in bringing Gayle to the Hawthorns, the swap deal may yet have life.

With the club's opening Premier League fixture against Tottenham Hotspur less than a week away, the decision on the players' behalf not to speak to the media will come under widespread scrutiny if they uphold their stance.

Newcastle have been chasing Rondon all summer but only wanted to take the striker on loan.

But Benitez clearly feels more must be done, adding: "I am not happy we are looking to just survive every year".

"Things are not going well off the pitch and you can see a reflection of that on the pitch", he said.

Rondon said in the club statement: "It's an honour to be here and I'm excited to get started with my team-mates".

Sam Allardyce has warned Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez that he is playing a risky game by publicly criticising his clubs owner for his lack of backing in the transfer market.

And after finalising the move, Rondon expressed his pride at joining "one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League".

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