Wolves have been warned by Albion they face ‘worldwide’ competition for Salomon Rondon – but he will be sold this summer.
Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo is keen to add the Venezuela international to his squad but faces rivalry for his signature from Newcastle, where Rondon was voted player of the year and scored 12 goals last season on loan.
Newcastle parted company with manager Rafa Benitez on Monday, but it is understood the Magpies still want to sign Rondon – and the Baggies will sell, as he only has one year left on his contract. West Ham are also reported to be interested in the 29-year-old striker. Now it has emerged there is plenty of interest from abroad as well.
“Salomon has a market worldwide so it’s not just clubs in this country that are interested,” Albion technical director Luke Dowling told the Express & Star. “As we understand it Newcastle still have an interest in Salomon.
“We’re quite happy to say that we will sell Salomon. We don’t want a player that’s had a season like that staying around with us and walking away on a Bosman.”
Dowling hinted Newcastle is Rondon’s preferred choice if he remains in England, and believes the striker has ignited interest in him with the season he has just had.
“There is interest in Salomon and I’d be surprised if there wasn’t,” he added. “Salomon has had the taste of Newcastle. He went back to a Premier League club and if he plays in England that’s where he wants to be.
“He’s had a good season with Newcastle – a year as a centre-forward and we all know what that means to Newcastle supporters.
“His season was the right way around, rather than starting great and fading, he finished the season really strongly.”
Rondon has a release clause of £16.5m in his contract, and Dowling wants to create a market for the former Las Palmas and Malaga striker, who arrived a The Hawthorns from Zenit for around £12m in 2015.
“If we do want to sell him that’s great for us but we’re anticipating as the weeks go on that the offers made for him might get bigger,” said Dowling.
Wolves have younger attacking targets on their radar as well, with interest in £10m-rated versatile Liverpool youngster Rafael Camacho, among others.
At present Wolves only have two senior strikers – Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota – and, although Helder Costa, Ivan Cavaleiro and Adama Traore are established back-up, Nuno is prepared to listen to offers for Costa and Cavaleiro and he coach wants to add another attacker.
Wolves have also been linked with a move by French sports paper L’Equipe for Angers and Cameroon attacker Stephane Bahoken, who scored 11 goals for the French club last season.