Reports in Spain have confirmed Liverpool’s interest in Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo, with the Anfield outfit preparing a bid of £17m.
Negredo has a buy-out clause in his contract of £70m, but Sevilla President, Jose Maria del Nido, has admitted that Liverpool’s potential offer would be enough to seal a switch this month.
Negredo is a former Real Madrid player, and Liverpool were thought to be interested in bringing him to Anfield as part of Xabi Alonso’s transfer in 2009. The striker has also attracted interest from Tottenham and Hull City in the past.
Yet Kenny Dalglish now looks to be on the brink of sealing a deal for Negredo, who he sees as the ideal striker partner for the misfiring Fernando Torres. Negredo is highly regarded in La Liga, and broke into the national side in 2009, yet he was not included in the squad which triumphed at last summer’s World Cup.
Although we shouldn’t judge him on this; Spain are so overloaded with talent at the moment that even Cesc Fabregas can’t get a game!
Liverpool are said to have made contact with Sevilla already, and hope to conclude the deal within a fortnight. This will almost certainly give Ryan Babel’s move to German side Hoffenheim the go-ahead, and NESV will hope to make around £5m from the sale, to soften the blow of Negredo’s transfer fee.