West Brom star Rondon urges Newcastle to make his loan deal permanent in the summer

SALOMON RONDON urged Newcastle to keep him at the club next season.

The Toon striker is on a season-long loan from West Brom, who he is contracted to until 2020.

Newcastle chiefs refused to pay £16.5million to sign Rondon on a permanent basis last summer, largely because of his age.

But the Venezuelan, who turns 30 in September, hopes a deal can be agreed this off-season.

Rondon said: “The club knows what I want and what my family want.

"If there is an opportunity for me to be here, I’ll stay here 100 per cent.

“I play with the No 9 on my back. If I could stay for many years I’d love to.

“If not I will say thank you to everybody and see what happens next.”

Owner Mike Ashley has drawn a line under the club’s latest takeover saga but it remains up for sale for around £300m.

The Sports Direct tycoon, who put the Magpies back on the market in October 2017, entered into talks with a series of potential buyers but will now call time on those discussions.

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