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Newcastle complete deal for Rondon as Gayle joins WBA

Rondon has joined Newcastle. Credit: PA

Newcastle have completed the signing of West Brom striker Salomon Rondon on a season-long loan deal, with Dwight Gayle moving in the other direction as part of the agreement.

Rondon, 28, scored seven Premier League goals last season as the Baggies dropped out of the top-flight.

He will now link up with Rafael Benitez's Newcastle, with Gayle heading to the Hawthorns on loan for the campaign in return.

Venezuela international Rondon becomes Benitez's sixth summer recruit, following on from the signings of Martin Dubravka, Kenedy, Yoshinori Muto, Fabian Schar and Ki Sung-yeung.

Announcing the news on their official website, Newcastle's statement claimed Rondon was Benitez's "number one transfer target" this summer.

"I am delighted to sign Salomon," the Newcastle boss said.

"When we were looking for options up front, we knew how important experience would be. Salomon has been in the Premier League for a while and he knows how demanding it is."

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West Brom reject second Burnley offer for Rodriguez

Jay Rodriguez is wanted by former club Burnley. Credit: PA

West Brom have rejected a £16million offer from Burnley for Jay Rodriguez.

The bid falls well short of the Baggies' valuation of the striker and has been instantly dismissed, Press Association Sport understands.

Albion want to keep hold of the England international, who is not agitating for a move, as they plot an instant return to the Premier League.

Burnley have already had a joint £25million bid dismissed for Rodriguez and Craig Dawson with Albion valuing the pair at least £20million each.

The Clarets must now weigh up whether return a third time as boss Sean Dyche chases reinforcements at Turf Moor.

Rodriguez initially left Burnley for Southampton in 2012 in a deal worth around £7m and joined Albion last summer for £12m.

He scored 11 goals in all competitions but could not keep the Baggies in the Premier League.

Bournemouth were also interested in the striker but their interest appears to have cooled having tied down Callum Wilson to a new contract.

James McClean signs for Stoke City from West Brom in £5m deal

James McClean has joined Stoke City Credit: PA

Stoke have signed winger James McClean from West Brom for an initial £5million.

Republic of Ireland international McClean, 29, has agreed a four-year deal with Stoke, who confirmed the transfer fee could reach £6m.

"The Potters have paid an initial £5million for the 29-year-old Republic of Ireland winger, although the fee could rise to £6million with add-ons," the Sky Bet Championship club said on their official website.

"McClean has signed a four-year contract and follows Peter Etebo, Benik Afobe and Adam Federici in checking-in at the bet365 Stadium ahead of the 2018/19 season."

McClean, who has made 59 senior appearances for Ireland, arrived in England in 2011 when Sunderland signed him from Derry City.

He moved on to Wigan two years later and West Brom paid £1.5m to take him to The Hawthorns in August 2015.

"James is a player I've admired for a long time," said Stoke boss Gary Rowett. "Every time I've watched him play I've always been impressed by how hard he worked.

"I've spoken to lads who have played with him before, the likes of Darren Fletcher, and they have all said that he's a great guy to have around the dressing room and he's really popular with his team-mates."

Both Stoke and West Brom were relegated to the Championship last season.

West Brom complete signing of Bartley from Swansea

West Brom have completed the signing of defender Kyle Bartley from Swansea. Credit: PA

West Brom have completed the signing of defender Kyle Bartley from Swansea.

The 27-year-old joins on a three-year deal for around £4million to become the Baggies' second signing of the summer.

He told the club's official site: "After speaking with Darren (Moore, boss) I knew this was the place I wanted to be.

"He let me know his ideas for the season and the next few years, his ambitions for the club and he told me about the fan base and the facilities. I'm hoping to be involved quickly."

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WBA defender Evans close to joining Leicester

Jonny Evans looks set to join Leicester. Credit: PA

Leicester are closing in on defender Jonny Evans after triggering the £3million release clause in his West Brom contract, according to reports.

Evans had been linked with a possible move to Arsenal but, following West Brom's relegation from the Premier League, the Foxes appear in pole position to sign the Northern Ireland international.

The 30-year-old Belfast-born central defender, who has played 70 times for his country, joined the Baggies from Manchester United in 2015.

Moore appointed full-time West Brom boss

Darren Moore won manager of the month but was unable to save West Brom. Credit: PA

West Brom have confirmed the appointment of Darren Moore as the club's new head coach.

The 44-year-old former Albion defender has landed the job on an "improved and extended contract" having been given the role on a temporary basis following Alan Pardew's dismissal at the start of April.

Moore's impressive spell as caretaker boss saw him steer West Brom to three wins - including victories against Manchester United and Tottenham - and two draws in six Premier League matches, staving off relegation until the last week of the season and restoring some pride after a miserable campaign both on and off the pitch.

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