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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."


Pickford is penalty hero as England reach quarter finals

Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford saves a penalty kick by Colombia's Carlos Bacca. Credit: He Canling/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

Washington-born Jordan Pickford was tonight's penalty hero in England's nail biting match against Colombia in Moscow - putting the Three Lions through to their first World Cup quarter final in 12 years.

He saved a crucial Colombian penalty to help England win- they'll face Sweden on Saturday.

England won 5-4 (4-3 in penalty shootout) to advance to the quarter-final.

It's the first time England have won a shootout since 1996.

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