Newcastle United are one of four English clubs "interested" in signing Zenit Saint-Petersburg striker Salomon Rondon, according to reports in Russia. Website Championat.com claim that the Magpies are fighting for Rondon's signature along with West Ham United, Aston Villa and, bizarrely, Championship side Bolton Wanderers. The report also goes further, and claims that Rondon has already started to "negotiate" with at least one of the four clubs, although it does not specify who. A 25-year-old Venezuelan international, Rondon is one of the most-sought-after strikers in the whole of Europe and only moved to Zenit back in January 2014. The link to Newcastle seems a little far-fetched though, although not completely outside the realms of possibility. However, with 13 caps in 39 international games, as well as 114 in 289 career club appearances, Rondon is beginning to attract interest from Premier League sides. Having started his career with Aragua in his native Venezuela back in 2006, the forward - who netted 20 goals in 44 games last season - then moved to Las Palmas and Malaga. It was in 2012 that he first headed to Russia, making a name for himself at Rubin Kazan, and he has continued to impress at Zenit since. Rondon claimed the Russian double with Zenit last season, and he also won the Copa Venezuela with Aragua back in 2007-08. For all the latest NUFC News, Views and Transfers make sure to follow WhatCulture.com/NUFC on Twitter and Facebook.
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