Belfast Telegraph

West Brom line up record Rondon bid

West Brom are ready to smash their transfer record for Zenit St Petersburg striker Salomon Rondon.

The forward is believed to be in the country with Albion targeting the player, Press Association Sport understands.

Albion are after further firepower despite signing Rickie Lambert from Liverpool to help Saido Berahino up front.

The Baggies spent around £10million on Brown Ideye last summer but any outlay on Rondon would eclipse that.

Ideye was close to leaving in January and any move for Rondon would cast doubt over his future at The Hawthorns.

Victor Anichebe may also be surplus to requirements at the Baggies after an injury-plagued two years at the club.

Venezuela international Rondon started his career at Aragua in his home country and has also played for Las Palmas, Malaga and Rubin Kazan.

He joined Zenit in 2014 for a reported fee of around £16million.

The Baggies host Manchester City on Monday, with Joleon Lescott a minor doubt against his former club after missing two days of training this week.

The Baggies have also confirmed the signing of Arsenal's Serge Gnabry on a season-long loan.

The 20-year-old midfielder joins after missing the whole of last season with a knee injury.

"I'm very delighted by the move," Gnabry told the club's official site.

"I see the opportunity that I can play, it's a good club and I've heard good things.

"I'm very happy that I've signed here. I've got good impressions and I feel it's a good environment for me to play and also develop as a player."

Head coach Tony Pulis said: "We're delighted to add Serge to our options.

"He is a top player and he will bring us quality in certain areas of the pitch."

Gnabry is unlikely to face Manchester City on Monday, though, as he lacks match fitness.


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