West Bromwich Albion are in advanced talks to sign Salomon Rondon in a club-record £15 million deal from Zenit St Petersburg, according to the Independent.
The Venezuelan striker had been a target for Liverpool earlier this summer, before the Reds agreed a move for Christian Benteke.
Rondon has scored 28 goals in 57 games for Zenit St. Petersburg and he will provide a physical threat at centre-forward.
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Rondon has played for Las Palmas, Rubin Kazan and Malaga in his career. He currently turns out for Zenit, and has an impressive goalscoring record despite playing in different leagues.
Rondon is a quick, physical presence who stands 6ft 3in, he also has 13 international goals in 39 caps and he looks well suited to the English football, and West Bromwich would be wise to move for the striker in the coming weeks.
Potentially a great signing
His performances for Malaga between 2010 and 2012 saw him linked with a move to a number of Premier League teams before he plumped for Russia.
Andre Villas-Boas’ side will be loathe to losing one of their main strikers, but Rondón has shown enough that he is capable of a move to England.
Rondon joined Zenit in 2014 for a reported fee of around £16 million.
He will join fellow new signing Rickie Lambert, England Under-21s hitman Saido Berahino, Victor Anichebe and Brown Ideye in the battle for forward places.
Meanwhile, West Brom boss Tony Pulis admitted he’s powerless to prevent Tottenham Hotspur target Saido Berahino from leaving the club if they receive a huge bid this summer.