West Ham United are claimed to have failed with an approach for Spanish striker Alvaro Negredo.
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It is being claimed that West Ham have been trying to advance their pursuit of alternative options, targeting Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo.
Spanish newspaper Marca are reporting that the Hammers sent scouts to watch him in action and made an approach for him.
They write: "MARCA has been informed that West Ham tried to sign him a few days ago, and went as far as sending a delegation to watch him play against Espanyol. Negredo was personally aware of West Ham's interest and was clear that he would prefer to move to a bigger team.
"Well, to be precise it was the player's agent, Juanma López, who explained this to the English delegation. Negredo isn't even considering moving to a team not in the Champions League. Despite the best efforts of the men watching on from the stands, Negredo is categorical: he won't be joining the 'Hammers'."
The 32-year-old has 20 goals in 32 La Liga starts this season, and has recently been linked with Tottenham, Everton and Swansea - but none of those clubs fit his criteria either. And nor do Inter Milan, who were said to be chasing him last week.
Negredo, who has a record of six goals in 14 matches for Spain, is still expected to leave Sevilla this summer due to give them greater financial stability.
For West Ham it's encouraging for fans to see them linked with a striker of his calibre, and while this attempt seems to have been unsuccessful, it's a sign of ambition which bodes well for the summer ahead.
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