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Chelsea and Tottenham battling for relegated £16m striker

Trio of London clubs interested in taking striker back to the Premier League as Baggies face battle to keep squad intact for Championship promotion challenge next season

WEST BROM face a battle to keep hold of striker Salomon Rondon with a trio of London clubs keen to offer him the chance of Premier League football.

Baggies manager Darren Moore is trying ensure he keeps together a core group of players capable of mounting a challenge for promotion next season.

Tottenham are one of the sides interested in signing Salomon Rondon from West Brom

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Tottenham are one of the sides interested in signing Salomon Rondon from West Brom

But Rondon, 28, is expected to be one player Moore will have to do without with three capital clubs circling keen on his signature, according to the Mirror.

Chelsea have shown an interest in taking the Venezuelan to Stamford Bridge to help strengthen their attacking options next season.


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But Tottenham have also emerged as a side interested in the bustling forward’s services, especially at a reduced fee of £16million.

West Ham are the other London top flight club who have been weighing up whether to make a bid as they look to make early transfer window signings.

Rondon has a relegation clause in his West Brom contract allowing him to leave for £16million

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Rondon has a relegation clause in his West Brom contract allowing him to leave for £16million

The fact Rondon, who scored ten goals in all competitions last season, has a relegation clause in his contract is of huge interest to potential suitors.

Though his goal return has not been huge for the Baggies over the past 12 months, his all-round game has marked him out as a proven Premier League striker.

Rondon was often tasked with playing up front on his own last season, in a team which struggled to create chances as they slipped towards relegation.


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And his willingness to lead the line, hold up play and cause problems to opposition defences has not gone unnoticed

Chelsea are still in flux in terms of deciding whether to stick with Antonio Conte as manager or bring in Maurizi Sarri from Napoli.

But behind the scenes they are working on bringing in players to bolster the squad, with another forward one of the main objectives over the course of the summer.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino knows he needs more attacking options, with Fernando Llorente failing to make an impact last season.

There is a feeling options are limited if Harry Kane was to be sidelined through injury, and Rondon would provide the kind of skill set that would fit in well with the way Pochettino likes to play.

Darren Moore is attempting to keep the core of his squad together to lead West Brom's challenge for an immediate return to the Premier League

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Darren Moore is attempting to keep the core of his squad together to lead West Brom’s challenge for an immediate return to the Premier League

West Ham are embarking on a summer overhaul of their squad having flirted with relegation last season and then appointing Manuel Pellegrini as manager.

Fitness concerns remain over Andy Carroll while Javier Hernandez has struggled to make an impact since arriving at the London Stadium.

And Rondon would be a valuable addition to the squad at a reasonable fee, allowing Pellegrini to push other funds elsewhere to improve his squad.


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