In an interview with The Guardian, ex-Newcastle striker Salomon Rondon said he would welcome a return to St James’ Park in January if the opportunity presented itself.
The Venezuela international said: ‘In the end a footballer’s career is so short and I try to take care of my family, my kids and my own future. But if, in January, I had a chance to sign again for Newcastle I would do it for sure because they gave me a lot and I felt so much when I was at St James’.’
It will always be a shame that we didn’t sign the ex-West Brom striker on a permanent deal following that incredible loan stint in the 2018/19 campaign.
Rondon netted 11 goals and also impressively set up a further seven, shining alongside Ayoze Perez under Rafa Benitez.
He eventually reunited with the Spanish coach in China, joining Dalian Yifang after they triggered his £16.5 million release clause according to Yahoo Sport.
If we did decide to bring him back to Tyneside, he would surely have to take a pay cut.
Before the 31-year-old’s switch to China was confirmed, The Telegraph said they understood Rondon would be earning £8 million per year.
That equates to a weekly salary of £154k-a-week, which Spotrac shows would be significantly more than Andy Carroll’s £75k-a-week wages – our current highest earner.
Rondon was a huge fan favourite during his stint on Tyneside.
However, given his mega salary, it would presumably take a lot for any potential deal to materialise from a financial aspect.
We also already have Callum Wilson and Joelinton, two players who have cost us £20 million and £40 million respectively across the last two summers. Given the outlay spent on the duo, signing another striker would be unnecessary.