Salomon Rondon has completed his loan move to Newcastle, with fellow striker Dwight Gayle moving to West Brom as part of the deal.
A key target for manager Rafa Benitez, Rondon had been the subject of two failed bids as the Magpies initially struggled to meet West Brom’s asking price.
But the addition of Gayle – who struck 23 times in the Championship in 2016-17 – into the deal eventually convinced West Brom to part with the 28-year-old forward.
The Venezuelan international becomes Newcastle’s sixth summer signing following the arrivals of Martin Dubravka, Kenedy, Ki Sung-yueng, Fabian Schar and Yoshinori Muto.
And after finalising the move, Rondon expressed his pride at joining ‘one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League’.
‘It’s an honour to be here and I’m excited to get started with my team mates,’ he said. ‘The clubs were talking for a long time and now I’m focused on the season to help my team mates to get the points to do well this season.
‘It’s one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League and I knew about the interest of the gaffer, so I’m happy to be here.’
As reported by Sportsmail over the weekend, manager Benitez had quickly grown frustrated over Newcastle’s lack of activity in the market.
He suggested that the club’s board had let him and his players down in the transfer market this summer, and also claimed that the club would be heading for a relegation battle if they failed to bring in significant reinforcements before Thursday’s deadline.
‘The players know,’ he said. ‘They want to have better players around because they have more possibilities to win.’
‘To balance the team we need four players. Can we do it? Yes. Can we do the ideal window now? It’s impossible because we have lost the opportunities. It’s a pity that after two months we are talking about the last five days.
‘It will be more difficult than last year. Wolves, Fulham, Cardiff, especially the first two, are spending money. Crystal Palace, West Ham, everyone is spending money.’