Rafa Benitez believes the decision to sign Salomon Rondon on a permanent basis at the end of the season should be an “easy” one if he keeps up his current form.

Rondon has played a crucial role in Newcastle United’s bid for Premier League safety, returning six goals in 19 league appearances.

Benitez has been openly impressed with his contributions after bringing him in on loan from West Bromwich Albion in the summer, and he told the Chronicle it will be a straightforward decision to sign him at the end of the season.

He is playing well, he is scoring goals, he is giving others the opportunity to go forward, he is doing a lot of good things. Always it is a problem or a risk to sign anyone in the Premier League because it is very demanding. But when they have been here, and after they come here and they perform, it is an easy decision.

The Magpies only just broke their 14-year transfer record last month, set when Michael Owen joined for £16m in 2005, as Atlanta United midfielder Miguel Almiron arrived on Tyneside for £21m.

Any potential deal for the Venezuelan international may be stretching the club’s policy too far, considering he’s nearing 30 years of age, but Benitez is focusing on the rest of the campaign whilst he still has him at his disposal.

We will see. The main thing that he has to do is score goals and keep playing well. That is the best thing he can do if he wants to have a big name in the market.

Rondon will look to impress again as Newcastle travel to Wolves on Monday, whilst the Baggies face Nottingham Forest on Tuesday.