Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez says he is not thinking about signing Salomon Rondon permanently at this moment in time. The Magpies managed to bring the Venezuela international to St James’ Park on a season-long loan deal from Championship outfit West Brom in the summer, with Dwight Gayle heading in the opposition direction.
Whilst Gayle has thrived back in England’s second tier with nine league goals to his name, Newcastle’s new man struggled to hit the ground running and spent some time on the sidelines due to an injury.
However, Rondon scored his first and second goals of the season in Saturday’s 2-1 home win over Bournemouth and there is now talk the north-east outfit will look to make the striker’s stay into a permanent one.
When asked about the potential of a deal, Benitez refused to divulge too much information although he did reveal it would be hard to look elsewhere if the loan star continues to find the back of the net. “Now is not the time to talk about that, just enjoy the goals he scored.
I have no idea about the terms of the contract, but if he keeps scoring two goals a game, of course,” he told the Northern Echo. “I don’t know the terms of the contract or when we discuss that. I’m not that interested, if he keeps scoring goals, Lee Charnley will be looking at the terms of the contract and worrying about that.”