Salomon Rondon’s permanent destination has been revealed by bookie Sportnation.bet – and it appears Newcastle could be left frustrated once again.
The in-demand Venezuelan who has top scored for the Toon on loan this season is wanted by a host of Premier League clubs – while a potential return to Spain or even chasing the big bucks in China is on the cards.
The bookies have made Everton the favourites (3/1) to sign the 29-year-old as they look for an out an out striker, with Cenk Tosun’s future on Merseyside up in the air.
Newcastle are second favourites at 4/1 to make his loan move permanent but Premier League survival and whether Mike Ashley is willing to spend the £16m asking price from West Brom remains to be the question.
A potential move to London is on the cards with both Crystal Palace (4/1) and West Ham United (5/1) needing some fire power and to stay a Baggie after the loan at Newcastle is priced at 8/1.
Elsewhere, Villarreal (10/1) and Valencia (12/1) could tempt the Magpie’s leading goalscorer this season with a move to Spain while heading to China with Shandong Luneng is a long shot at 20/1 .
A Sportnation.bet spokesman said: “Newcastle would be best placed to snap Rondon up permanently as he’s already a cult hero on Tyneside – but the odds suggest there are any number if the other clubs keen on the Venezuelan could pip Rafa Benitez to the post.
“If that happened, the ill-feeling at St James’s Park would go through the roof – but a lot depends on Premier League survival. A solid top flight outfit like Everton, without a designated striker themselves, would be a much more attractive option for Rondon and West Brom should they decide to sell.”
Salomon Rondon club start of 19/20 season
Crystal Palace 4/1
West Ham 5/1
West Brom 8/1
Shandong Luneng 20/1