Tottenham can cross Alvaro Negredo off their list

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Alvaro Negredo is the first of Tottenham's claimed transfer targets to publicly rule out a move to the club.

Tottenham were claimed to be interested in Alvaro Negredo in January, with Sevilla club president Jose Maria del Nido even reported to have flown to London to hold talks.

What came of it, or if a meeting even took place remains a mystery publicly, and the striker stayed in Spain where he has been rattling in the goals.

Negredo reached the 20 goal mark in La Liga, in 32 starts, but given Sevilla's need for financial security he is likely to be sold this summer.

Spanish newspaper Marca reported that Premier League club West Ham made an approach for the striker last week only to be knocked back, and the player's agent was quite categorical in his reasoning.

In light of Tottenham missing out on the top four, they are set to miss out on a chance to sign the in-demand forward, along with Italian sides Fiorentina and Inter Milan who had also expressed a recent interest.

His agent Juanma Lopez said: "(We) will accept offers only from clubs who play in the Champions League. We are calm, because the most important decision is up to Sevilla."

Clearly Negredo is not desperate to move, but if he does at the age of 27 he will not do it for the sake of it. He wants to be competing at the very top level, which means Champions League football.

There will be players like him who want to narrow down their destinations using Champions League football as a barometer, and that is their personal choice.

Spurs just have to find the players who have the ability yet are more open minded. Negredo isn't one of them so don't expect him to be arriving this summer.

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