Rafa Benitez and his new club Dalian Yifang have reportedly agreed a deal to sign Salomon Rondon from West Bromwich Albion, according to Sky Sports.
This comes a day after the Chinese club released Nyasha Mushekwi to “free-up their foreign quota”.
The Venezuelan striker was at loan at Newcastle United last season under Benitez, and is thought to be keen to play under the Spaniard once again.
Newcastle had been interested in signing Rondon on a permanent deal, and West Ham were also hoping to pounce amid the uncertainty surrounding the next Newcastle manager.
However, after leaving Newcastle, Benitez made it clear he would like for Rondon to follow him to China.
Championship club West Brom can’t afford to keep the 29-year-old, and now it seems Dalian Yifang are willing to spend the money for him.
Rondon’s current contract at West Brom has a £16.5million release clause built into it.
Meanwhile, Mushekwi joined Zhejiang Greentown a team that plays in the Chinese second-tier league.