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Everton have completed the signing of ex-Newcastle forward Salomon Rondon on deadline day. 

The Venezuelan 31-year-old, who played under Toffees boss Rafa Benitez at the Magpies and Dalian Yifang, has joined on a free transfer and has signed a two-year deal at Goodison Park. 

Rondon said: ‘Defending the colours of a club with a history as rich as Everton’s fills me with pride.’ 

Everton  have completed the signing of Salomon Rondon on a free transfer from Dalian Yifang

Everton  have completed the signing of Salomon Rondon on a free transfer from Dalian Yifang

Everton  have completed the signing of Salomon Rondon on a free transfer from Dalian Yifang 

Rafa Benitez has sealed a reunion with the Venezuelan who he signed for Newcastle and Dalian

Rafa Benitez has sealed a reunion with the Venezuelan who he signed for Newcastle and Dalian

Rafa Benitez has sealed a reunion with the Venezuelan who he signed for Newcastle and Dalian

‘I can’t wait to pull on the shirt and be reunited with Rafa Benítez, a coach who has changed the way I understand the game. I’m really grateful for the faith he’s shown in me.’ 

Benitez sees the 31-year-old as back-up to Dominic Calvert-Lewin and trusts the frontman given their previous relationship.

Indeed, Newcastle’s refusal to sign Rondon on a permanent deal played a part in the Spaniard quitting St James’ Park in 2019. 

Rondon had scored 12 times during a loan spell from West Brom in the 2018-19 season and became a fan favourite on Tyneside.

Rondon scored 12 times during a loan spell from West Brom and became a fan favourite

Rondon scored 12 times during a loan spell from West Brom and became a fan favourite

Rondon scored 12 times during a loan spell from West Brom and became a fan favourite 

Rondon spent the second half of last season on loan with CSKA Moscow, scoring four goals in 10 games as well as providing two assists.

Reports earlier this month suggested Rondon’s contract with Dalian Yifang could be terminated due to financial issues at the Chinese club.

Tottenham midfielder Paulinho and Brazilian compatriot Leo Baptistao were released from their contracts earlier this year. 

Source: DailyMail Sports

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