Salomon Rondon is playing his way towards permanent Newcastle deal, says Rafa Benitez

David Cooper - Writer 13:44 17/12/2018
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Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has confirmed that on-loan striker Salomon Rondon is playing his way to a permanent deal.

Rondon, 29, scored his fourth goal in six matches to earn a crucial win at relegation rivals Huddersfield. This form will help convince a board that refused to pay £16.5 million to West Bromwich Albion for him in the summer.

“It will be fine,” said Benitez. “Hopefully he can start scoring a lot of goals, and then you can ask me this in a few weeks and hopefully it can be positive then, too.

“I am happy with him, but still he can improve. I think he is doing a great job for the team.”

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David Cooper - Writer 12:34 17/12/2018
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Everton could be about to offer forgotten talent Reece Oxford an escape route out of West Ham United, according to the Daily Mail.

Oxford, 20, has reportedly failed to impress Manuel Pellegrini in training after his return from a season-long loan at Borussia Monchengladbach. The defender has not been given any minutes in the Premier League, leading to links with a move away.

A loan move was expected for the London-born youngster. But the Toffees will move to the front of the queue of clubs offering a permanent switch in January.

Monchengladbach and champions Manchester City remain interested. It is the offer of regular minutes at Everton, however, that could prove most alluring.

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Latest Paul Pogba snub moves him closer to Juventus switch from Man United

David Cooper - Writer 12:27 17/12/2018
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Paul Pogba’s snub at Liverpool has pushed him closer to a return to Juventus from Manchester United, according to Tuttosport.

Pogba, 25, was an unused substitute, once again, for the Red Devils as they went down 3-1 against their bitter rivals on Sunday. This decision by manager Jose Mourinho has intensified rumours of a deep rift between the pair.

The Old Lady sold Pogba back to United for £89.9 million in August 2016. His circuitous career may now even continue in January, as exit plans accelerate.

It is likely that Juve would try to tempt United with a part-exchange deal. Brazil left-back Alex Sandro has been linked to this arrangement.

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