According to a report in the Mirror (live transfer thread, July 12 at 15:42), Newcastle United are willing to listen to offers for Rolando Aarons with West Bromwich Albion among those interested in the player.
The talented winger has struggled to break into the first-team set-up at the Magpies, spending last season out on loan at Italian side Hellas Verona where he made a handful of appearances.
Aarons, a former England U20 international, joined Newcastle’s academy as a 16-year-old and went on to make 22 appearances for the first-team with 18 of those coming in the Premier League.
But manager Rafa Benitez is seemingly happy to allow him to move on this summer, with Newcastle instead looking at bolstering their wide options with Crystal Palace’s Andros Townsend a reported target (The Sun).
Aarons, being young and having his whole career ahead of him, won’t be short of options and the report in the Mirror claims relegated West Brom are among his suitors.
The Baggies are looking to form a Championship promotion squad this summer as they seek an immediate return to the top-flight, and they may see the Jamaican-born winger as an ideal option to boost their attacking wide options.
The Baggies have been relatively quiet so far this summer with goalkeeper Sam Johnstone their only permanent addition to date, but the club will likely become more active the closer we get to the start of the campaign.
Aarons, despite having three years left on his Newcastle deal, needs to have a clear path for his future and more importantly start playing more regularly if he harbours hopes of becoming an established top-flight player.