Newcastle United have completed the signing of Salomon Rondon on a season-long loan from West Brom.

The agreement sees Dwight Gayle move in the opposite direction on a season-long loan with the recently relegated side West Brom in the  2018/19 Championship seas.

Dwight Gayle scored 23 goals in Newcastle‘s 2016/17 Championship-winning season but struggled to find the net in the following Premier League season, scoring just 6 goals. Now he heads back to the Championship with the Baggies, hoping to hit the ground running and replicate the prolific tally of his last stint in the Championship.

Newcastle boss, Rafa Benitez said: “I am delighted to sign Salomon. When we were looking for options up front, we knew how important experience would be. Salomón has been in the Premier League for a while and he knows how demanding it is.” 

“He, together with Yoshinori Muto, will give us different options and will improve the competition between the strikers, which is always positive for the team.”

Rondon began his career at Aragua in his motherland before moving to Spain in 2008, where he experienced prolific seasons with Las Palmas and Málaga. In  2012, he joined Rubin Kazan, where his form attracted fellow Russian Premier League side Zenit St. Petersburg. After just over a year at the Russian club, he joined West Brom ahead of the 2015/16 campaign. 

The 28-year-old striker has scored 19 goals and earned 66 caps for Venezuela.

Rondon said: “It’s an honour to be here and I’m excited to get started with my teammates. The clubs were talking for a long time and now I’m focused on the season to help my teammates to get the points to do well this season. It’s one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League and I knew about the interest of the gaffer, so I’m happy to be here.”

Rondon becomes the Magpies‘ 6th summer signing after goalkeeper Martin Dúbravka, winger Kenedy, midfielder Ki Sung-Yeung, defender Fabian Schar and striker Yoshinori Muto. 

Newcastle host Spurs in their opening fixture of the 2018/19 Premier League season on Saturday.

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