Newcastle United forward Salomon Rondon has admitted he is hoping to make his loan spell with the Magpies permanent next summer, the Mirror report.

The 29-year-old, who arrived at St James Park in the summer from West Brom, with Dwight Gayle heading to the Hawthorns in a swap loan deal, has impressed in recent weeks, scoring his first league goals for the club in the win over Bournemouth.

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Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez wanted to sign Rondon permanently in the summer, however, a potential £16 million permanent deal will have to wait until the summer.

With the Venezuelan seemingly back to full fitness after an injury scare in September, Rondon was asked whether or not he would be open to a move next season and admitted he needs to carry on working hard and scoring goals to secure a permanent move.

Permanent deal? Yes, of course. It now depends on my work. I just do my best.

I have to help the team, win games, score goals. It won’t be my decision. But I know my family is settled here and so are the kids, and they speak English. I would be really happy to stay.

The powerful forward then spoke of his pride of wearing the famous number nine shirt in the North East.

It has a big history. It is a good time to wear it. I knew the pressure. It is a heavy shirt. The pressure is high in this sport. You have to have it and be ready. I love that.

Everyone knows Alan Shearer for Newcastle and England. It makes me proud to follow him.

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