Mike Ashley's doubts over signing Salomon Rondon for Newcastle United are entirely correct

West Bromwich Albion's Venezuelan striker Salomon Rondon (R) tries to make room for a cross as Newcastle United's US defender DeAndre Yedlin (L) defends during the English Premier League...

Newcastle United have been linked with West Bromwich Albion striker Salomon Rondon.

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley and Linda Ashley (L) look on from the stand prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United at White Hart Lane...

According to the Shields Gazette, Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has doubts over signing West Bromwich Albion’s Salomon Rondon, and that actually may be a smart decision.

Rondon has been touted as a potential strike target for Newcastle, as Rafael Benitez looks to improve his attacking options.

West Brom are believed to be wanting £16.5 million for the forward, but Ashley has concerns over sanctioning the deal.

West Bromwich Albion's Venezuelan striker Salomon Rondon (R) tries to make room for a cross as Newcastle United's US defender DeAndre Yedlin (L) defends during the English Premier League...

Ashley is hardly a popular figure at Newcastle, but his decision not to sanction a deal for Rondon could be smart.

Rondon is now 28, and his goalscoring record at West Brom, hardly suggests he would kick Newcastle on to the next level.

Although the Venezuelan is a tireless worker and he can be an aerial threat, his finishing often is unreliable.

Jose Salomon Rondon of West Bromwich Albion scores his sides first goal during the The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round between West Bromwich Albion v Southampton at The Hawthorns on February...

Newcastle already have enough forwards who are shaky in front of goal, and need a more clinical finisher if they really are to push on next term.

And although Ashley’s reluctance to sign off deals can often frustrate Newcastle supporters, he seems to have made the right call with Rondon.

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