The Sevilla striker has been linked with a move to Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, with his club’s financial troubles making a January move likely. Should Spurs try and jump the gun to get their man?
When a big club like Sevilla is going through the kind or financial turmoil it is suffering at the moment, there will always be plenty of speculation about which players will need to be sold to balance the books.
Sometimes the club is in better shape than initially suggested, and indeed Sevilla have claimed they don't need to sell players to cut down their 49 million Euro debt, but reports have indicated that they would be prepared to let star striker Alvaro Negredo go if the right bid came in.
The club are currently demanding £18 million for the 27 year old striker, but there is speculation that a lower bid might be accepted given their financial strife. Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have all been linked with the striker for some time, with the latter reportedly coming closest in January 2011, and it's fair to say that Spurs are the side in most need of Negredo's services this time around as well.
Despite continuing attempts to try and sign Leandro Damiao, the complications regarding third party ownership have made the deal for the Brazilian nigh on impossible to conclude.
If this deal looks unachievable again Spurs should make every effort to sign Negredo instead. The Spanish striker is a proven goal scorer and looks well suited to the Premier League. Whilst Spurs would be unlikely to turn a profit on the player, as they perhaps would have the guarantee of if they went for Damiao, they need a striker for the second half of the season badly, and you'd expect Negredo would be able to perform straight off the bat.
With Emmanuel Adebayor playing poorly over the past few weeks, and now off the African Cup of Nations anyway, Spurs are completely reliant on Jermain Defoe at the moment.
Given the quality of service coming in from Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon, they need to ensure they have a striker consistently taking the chances they are creating. Damiao is their preferred option, but if the bid is unworkable then Negredo is an excellent player who might be a more feasible signing. Spurs cannot afford to leave themselves short in the second half of the season again.
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