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Rondon’s demands could scupper move to Wolves

Wolves’ chances of landing target Salomon Rondon could hinge on his chances of playing regular football.

It’s understood the Albion striker has made it clear during talks he wants to play every game, something Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo will not guarantee anyone.

Nuno sees the Venezuela international competing with Raul Jimenez for a regular starting place. But he will not agree to him starting every game.

Wolves are still believed to be in pole position to land the striker, who has just enjoyed a hugely successful season on loan at Newcastle, where he top scored with 12 goals in all competitions and was named their player of the year.

Rondon, who has a year left on his contract at The Hawthorns, is available on a £16.5m buyout clause, which Wolves have not yet met. But it’s understood they would be prepared to pay the fee. West Ham are also interested in the Baggies forward.

Newcastle remain a strong option for Rondon, but current owner Mike Ashley is believed to be reluctant to pay £16.5m for a player who will be 30 in September.

But the situation is complicated by the situation at St James’ Park, with the player waiting for the outcome of the proposed £350m takeover from Abu Dhabi businessman Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan, which will also determine the future of manager Rafael Benitez, who is out of contract at the end of the month.

Newcastle insist they are yet to receive an official bid for the club. But in a statement from the Bin Zayed Group, managing director Midhat Kidwai said: “In consideration of the numerous speculations in regards to the timelines of the acquisition of Newcastle United Football Club by Bin Zayed Group, we feel the need to issue this statement.

Terms have been agreed between us and Mike Ashley; these terms have been reflected in a document, signed by both parties, which has been forwarded to the Premier League.

The proof of funds statement was forwarded to Mike Ashley’s lawyers on 17 April 2019.

The so called fit-and-proper Premier League process is a standard procedure which will take time, and we are doing all we can to assist the Premier League during this process.

We feel the need to clarify this point in order for the fans and the general public to understand the timelines.”