According to recent reports in Turkey (via The Birmingham Mail), Leeds United striker target Alvaro Negredo could be set for a move away this summer. The 32-year-old currently plays his football at Turkish giants Besiktas and has done so since 2017, netting 15 goals in just 43 appearances last season for the side to help them reach the last 16 of the Champions League, and indeed to fourth place in the Super Lig.
And reports earlier this month suggested that Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds were interested in the £1.8 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt), and while recent reports suggest that he is in talks with a move to Rayo Vallecano, the Whites would take some stopping in the Championship if they won the race for the 32-year-old.
Ultimately, optimism was high among Leeds fans earlier in the summer when the highly-rated Bielsa was appointed as Paul Heckingbottom’s successor, although that positivity did somewhat wane when few additions were added in the immediate aftermath.
However, some shrewd signings in Barry Douglas and Patrick Bamford reignited the hope around Elland Road, and they are really believing now given their team have made a great start to the season in beating both Stoke City and Derby County, two teams tipped to be challenging for promotion this term.
Thus, it’s arguable that Leeds are already going to take some stopping in the second tier this term, and they certainly would if former Manchester City striker Negredo makes the move to Elland Road.
The 32-year-old has pedigree in English football having scored 23 goals in just 49 appearances for the Citizens between 2013 and 2015, before returning to the Premier League with Middlesbrough for the 2016/17 campaign, in which time he bagged ten times but was ultimately unable to keep the Teessiders in the top-flight.
As such, the Spain international is a proven goal-scorer in England at top tier level, so there is no reason why he can’t shine in a Leeds side that have been creating opportunities for fun so far this season – they had 12 shots against Stoke and 17 against Derby.
And having someone with the predatory instinct to get on the end of chances in Negredo could play a big part in whether or not Leeds are able to end many years to misery by returning to the top-flight this season.
Yes, reports would suggest that Rayo Vallecano are in pole position for the striker, but were Leeds to hijack that move and bring the 32-year-old to Elland Road, perhaps on a loan-to-permanent deal, they would certainly take some stopping in the second tier this season.
Leeds fans… what do you think? Let us know!