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Smart decision: Mike Ashley has doubts over Newcastle target Salomon Rondon

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According to reports from the Shields Gazette, Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has doubts over sanctioning a deal to sign West Bromwich Albion striker Salomon Rondon.

Signing a top striker is one of Rafael Benitez’s top priorities this summer, and Rondon has been touted as a potential target for the Magpies.

Rondon has a clause in his contract which means he can move for just £16.5 million after West Bromwich Albion were relegated from the Premier League last season.

Benitez has a limited budget to work with, and Ashley has concerns over sanctioning the deal.

Ashley is not a popular figure at Newcastle but the decision to not sanction a deal for the Venezuela striker could be a smart one.

The 28-year-old joined the Baggies in 2015 and in three seasons at the club he has never crossed the double digit figure in the Premier League.

His goalscoring record at the club hardly exudes confidence.. He is a tireless runner and a hardworking player, but his finishing often is unreliable.

Newcastle need a clinical finisher if they really are to push on next term, but it seems the Magpies owner has made the right call on Rondon.

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