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Rondon 'would love' full-time Magpies deal

5th March 2019, 10:16 by Craig Smithson

Salomon Rondon said he would "stay here 100 per cent" if Newcastle wanted to make his loan move from West Brom into a permanent deal.

The 29-year-old Venezuela international arrived from the Baggies in the summer in a season-long deal which saw Dwight Gayle move in the opposite direction to play in the Championship for Darren Moore's relegated outfit.

Rondon has gone on to score eight goals in all competitions for Rafael Benitez's side to help them sit 14th in the Premier League, six points clear of the relegation zone and on course for survival.

It seems Newcastle are keen to sign Rondon on a full-time basis with West Brom looking to secure around £16million for his signature.

And, when asked if he would like to stay put on Tyneside beyond the end of this season, Rondon told the Newcastle Chronicle: "I have spoken with them and made it clear. If there is an opportunity for me to be here – I'll stay here 100 per cent.

"If not I will say thank you to everybody and see what happens next."

He added: "It's a pleasure to be here and my family are settled and happy to be here.

"I play with the number nine on my back and it's a pleasure for me. I love being here.

"I'm only on loan so you never know what happens. If I could stay many years here I'd love to. I am settled here."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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