Wolves are reportedly interested in signing former West Brom striker Salmon Rondon.

The Sunday Mirror (13/12; page 62) claimed the Venezuela international is another name on Nuno Espirito Santo’s list of possible targets.

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With Raul Jimenez recovering from a fractured skull, it is thought the manager will look to dip into the transfer market next month to secure short-term cover for the Mexican.

There have already been links to Maxi Gomez and Kenan Karaman, and it’s likely more names will emerge as January draws nearer.

Rondon has been plying his trade over in China for the past 18 months with Dalian Professional FC, formerly known as Dalian Yifang.

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The 31-year-old headed there after a successful loan spell with Newcastle United, who opted against paying his £16.5 million release clause.

In 28 games for Dalian, he’s scored 14 goals and made seven assists.

It remains to be seen if Wolves will make a move, but wages could well be a problem – Rondon is reported (Chronicle) to rake in around £250,000-a-week at the moment.

Rondon is PL proven but…

Rondon has experience of playing in the Premier League with Newcastle and West Brom and has scored 35 goals in 140 appearances in the English top-flight and, in theory, could be good short-term cover for Jimenez.

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He has a similar style to the Mexican and links play well.

That said, one wonders if he’d be able to hit the ground running quickly having been playing in the Chinese Super League.

The standard of the CSL is nowhere near that of the Premier League and Rondon may struggle to return to the level he was at with Newcastle.

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