Hammers priced out of striker bid

  • by Staff Writer
  • Friday, 19th July 2019

West Ham transfer target Solomon Rondon has rejected the opportunity to remain in the Premier League by teaming up once again with former Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez.

Rondon, who is understood to have been one of the strikers on Manuel Pellegrini's summer wish list has joined Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang, where he will once again work with Benitez - who was himself on West Ham's managerial shortlist to replace Sam Allardyce back in 2015.

It is thought the main reason behind the Venezuelan's decision to turn his back on English football is the vast salary offered by the Chinese club - as was the case regarding the recently-departed Marko Arnautovic.

Rondon, who was one of Newcastle's top earners last season at ?70,000 per week whilst on a season-long loan from Championship side West Bromwich Albion is expected to more than triple his wages in China's Super League.

According to writer Ross Gregory, the 29-year-old forward will earn a basic salary of EUR10m per year, net, which equates to circa ?250,000 (before tax) per week - considerably more than either West Ham or Newcastle are in a position to pay.

Whilst West Ham are still searching for a second striker to complement recent arrival Sebastien Haller, who cost the club a record ?40.5million, Newcastle are hoping to tie up a deal for Hoffenheim forward Joelinton who could cost the Magpies around ?36million.

Benitez's successor at Newcastle is Steve Bruce, who will lead his team for the first time when they meet West Ham in the Asia Trophy third-place play off in Beinjing on Saturday morning. Bruce, who left his role at Sheffield Wednesday to take the job with his home town club flew to China upon confirmation of his appointment as Newcastle's latest manager.

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Meanwhile West Ham's search for a second new striker to follow the arrival of former Frankfurt star Haller continues, with several names having been linked with the club in recent days.

Players such as Tottenham's Fernando Llorente, Beijing's Cedric Bakambu and Glasgow Rangers' Alfredo Morelos have all been cited as potential targets as Manuel Pellegrini seeks to complete his squad ahead of the 2019/20 Premier League campaign, which kicks off less than a month from now.

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