Tottenham fans were left enjoying their evening pints after Metro journalist Jamie Sanderson arrived at the Football Transfer Tavern with news that Sevilla are ready to offer long-term target Alvaro Negredo to the White Hart Lane club in a cut-price January deal.
Sanderson propped up on a bar stool to explain to punters that former manager Harry Redknapp has previously enquired about signing the 27-year-old during last summer and now Sevilla are prepared to sell him to Spurs providing they fork out the £17 million asking price.
The La Liga side are currently in the depths of a huge financial crisis and need to offload their main talents in an attempt to pay off around £15 million worth of debt. The striker demonstrated his full worth to his current side on Friday night coming off the bench to secure a 2-2 draw for his team with a stoppage time equaliser against Espanyol.
Sevilla rejected a bid thought to be around £25m from Spurs on transfer deadline day so this deal would represent value for money for Andre Villas-Boas as he seeks to build a team capable of challenging for Champions League qualification.