Wolves look set to test the resolve of their Black Country rivals by challenging for the signature of Salomon Rondon, according to the Daily Mail, as cited on the Birmingham Mail.

The Venezuelan talisman, who will lead the line for his national side this summer, enjoyed a fruitful spell for Newcastle this season, with the player and club keen to make his loan deal a permanent one in the coming months.

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But Rondon’s performances have seemingly alerted Wolves, who are also in the market for a forward to ease the goalscoring burden currently placed on Raul Jimenez.

The latter signed on a permanent basis recently, but with no striker to deputise for the Mexican next season, Rondon presents a tempting option for the Wolves hierarchy.

With a release clause of just £16.5 million, it seems highly likely that Rondon will leave the Hawthorns for good this summer.

A move across the Black Country would surely leave a bitter taste in the mouth for all involved with West From, and yet, if Wolves meet the asking price, the move could become a distinct reality.

Newcastle’s desire to keep a hold of Rondon seems clear, but with the future of manager Rafa Benitez not yet assured, rival clubs have a chance to steal a march on the Toon and secure a deal for the powerful striker.

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Talks between Benitez and Newcastle owner Mike Ashley are expected to begin this week with the Spanish boss’ current deal expiring this summer.

Benitez will surely seek assurances in order to stay on, with the Albion striker’s signature potentially key to his summer transfer strategy.

Rondon, who scored 12 goals this season, could be part of a large summer of investment for Wolves, who are expected to try and build on their seventh-place finish, following their return to the Premier League.