Everton will not pursue signing Salomon Rondon this summer - Echo
Everton will not be looking to sign former Premier League striker Salomon Rondon this summer, according to The Liverpool Echo.
Sky Sports news editor Alan Myers said on Tuesday that he had heard of interest in the player, but nothing from anyone he knew personally.
Now, the Echo report has categorically ruled out the Toffees going for the Venezuela international.
The transfer window throws up pretty bizarre rumours, and this one has to take the cherry for this summer.
There were no links whatsoever for Rondon, and all of a sudden we had the likes of Myers and the Echo having to react to a bit of waffle created by somebody.
We’re delighted that there’s no more to it as Rondon’s not the kind of backup striker we would want at the club as he’s nowhere close to Dominic Calvert-Lewin and wouldn’t offer anything different in his stead.
If Moise Kean stays, there’s a good chance Rondon would be pushed further down the pecking order and it’s unlikely if he would ever get a run of games to prove his worth.
He would occupy space on the roster and the wage bill – which we would rather give someone younger or more deserving.
Nobody disagrees that Rondon didn’t have his moments of brilliance, with Jim White referring to him as ‘unbelievable’ in March 2019 [talkSPORT], but he’s 31 now and isn’t getting any better.
He’s currently plying his trade at Chinese Super League club Dalian Professional. The teams there are known to be notoriously high spenders and keep their players on lucrative contracts.
We’re unlikely to match those kinds of wages, especially for someone of the calibre of Rondon.
Our focus should be on signing defenders and midfielders.
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