According to recent reports in both The Mirror and The Sun, Leeds United are looking to bring 31 year old striker Alvaro Negredo to Elland Road in what would be a huge coup for the club.

The Spanish international currently plays his trade in his homeland with Valencia, however the club see him as surplus to requirements after signing a new number nine in Simone Zaza for €16million in January after joining on loan at the beginning of the season. As a result Negredo spent last campaign in the Premier League with Middlesbrough and despite scoring nine goals in 36 league appearances, which made him the clubs top scorer, he could not prevent the Boro from facing relegation into the Championship.

Negredo has featured for his national side on 22 occasions, finding the back of the net 10 times- with his last international appearance coming earlier this year. The 31 year old moved from Seville to Manchester City only 4 years ago for around £17million, and was later sold for a profit to Valencia in 2015 for €27million. With no way back for Negredo the club are looking to offload the prolific striker for around £6.5million according to the reports, however the player is one of the top earners at the Spanish giants.

Swansea are also interested in bringing Negredo back to the English leagues, with Paul Clement eager to improve the Swans’ attacking threat ahead of the new Premier League season. However, Leeds’ director of football Victor Orta played a vital part in the loan deal which saw Alvaro move to Teesside last term, and the two are thought to be good friends. This may give Leeds the upper hand over Swansea, although the players wages are still a huge obstacle to overcome for both sides- despite Negredo reportedly willing to significantly reduce his wages in order to find regular football.

If the Spanish number nine was to make the switch to Elland Road, it would prove to be a huge coup for the club and a transfer which will raise many teams’ eyebrows within the Championship. New owner Andrea Radrizzani has already spent around £15million on transfers this summer, and with the addition of Negredo that sum will raise to over £20million.

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