Newcastle fear their hopes of holding onto Salamon Rondon permanently after his loan spell at the club last season will be wrecked by the Hammers.

ClaretandHugh has learned that although we believed him to be a free signing, for which we apologise, a buy out clause is involved and has been set by West Brom in the wake of their Championship play off defeat by Aston Villa.

Both he and Alexsander Mitrovic remain targets and Rondon  has been on the Hammers list for several months.

Manuel Pellegrini signed the player to Malaga during his spell at the club and is keen to be reunited with the 29 year old although Newcastle are also keen to stitch up a deal.

Rondon scored 11 times in the Premier League last season – the same as Mirtovic – but his previous experience of working with the Hammers boss may be giving him the edge over the Fulham striker who at 24 is expected to cost inthe region of £22 million.

According to the Northern Echo “Pellegrini has instructed West Ham’s recruitment team to pursue Rondon”  which would take adavantage of uncertainty over manager Rafa Benitez’s position at the club.

Newcastle will not be making any signings until Benitez’s future is resolved one way or the other, so it remains to be seen what Rondon will do if he is offered a move to the London Stadium in the next few days.

The Hammers are not alone in their pursuit of the Venezualan with Wolves also keen to do a deal.