£16m needed to prise Ron­don from Bag­gies

Birmingham Post - - SPORT - Foot­ball Writer

WEST Brom striker Salomon Ron­don does have a re­lease clause if the club suf­fer rel­e­ga­tion this sum­mer – but it’s not as low as the £8 mil­lion that has been mooted.

The Birm­ing­ham Post un­der­stands that Ron­don, who has scored nine goals this sea­son for strug­gling Al­bion, could leave The Hawthorns this sum­mer should a suit­able of­fer be re­ceived. De­spite re­ports else­where over the week­end that the clause is worth £8 mil­lion, it’s be­lieved that the club would not be ob­li­gated to sell the Venezue­lan un­less he was the sub­ject of an of­fer of more than £16 mil­lion.

The in­ter­na­tional for­ward, 28, has made more than 100 ap­pear­ances for the Bag­gies since he ar­rived in the sum­mer of 2015 for a then clu­brecord fee of around £12m.

He’s scored more than 25 goals in all com­pe­ti­tions in that time, in­clud- ing six in his last 16 matches. In Jan­uary 2017 the Bag­gies turned down a bid of more than £32 mil­lion from Chi­nese Su­per League out­fit Tian­jin Quan­jin for the at­tacker late in the win­dow.

Hav­ing sold Saido Ber­ahino to Stoke and with Hal Rob­son-Kanu the only other for­ward at the club, Al­bion chose to re­ject the of­fer.

Ron­don is one of four play­ers who have rel­e­ga­tion re­lease clauses in­serted into their Al­bion con­tracts.

Nacer Chadli is an­other – the Bel- gian, in­jured but for 16 min­utes since Oc­to­ber – has a clause in the same re­gion as Ron­don’s.

Jonny Evans’ sit­u­a­tion has been well doc­u­mented; the club cap­tain can leave for just £3 mil­lion this sum­mer. Evans, who missed Satur­day’s draw with Swansea be­cause of in­jury, is about to head into the fi­nal year of his con­tract. He was the sub­ject of bids from Arse­nal and Manch­ester City in the pre­vi­ous two trans­fer win­dows and has since been linked with Tot­ten­ham.

> Al­bion striker Salomon Ron­don’s re­lease clause is higher than has been spec­u­lated

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