Sevilla fans vote on prospect of signing Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado

Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado has been linked with Sevilla, but what do their fans think about signing the 30-year-old, compared to other targets?

Expected to move for another striker before the end of the summer, Sevilla have been strongly linked with a variety of names and principally, a trio of Spanish forwards, as they seek to further strengthen their squad, ahead of competing in the Champions League during the 2015-16 season.

However, with the names of Roberto Soldado, Fernando Llorente and Alvaro Negredo highlighted as being the three top targets, Sevilla fans have shown clear preferences in poll, as local sports newspaper Estadio Deportivo gauged their opinions over the weekend.

Valencian outlet Super Deporte has suggested that 29-year-old Negredo doesn't want to leave the Mestalla, apparently "surprised" by the recent transfer speculation. The rumours continue though, whilst his agent has reportedly been in contact with Arsenal, Liverpool and of course, former club Sevilla.

Obliged to shell out just shy of €30 million for his permanent signing from Manchester City, after having spent last season on loan at Valencia, Alvaro Negredo clearly remains a favourite amongst Sevilla fans. Indeed, around 43% of them would like to see him back at the Sanchez-Pizjuan. Right now though, that doesn't seem likely to happen. Valencia might consider a loan deal, but they won't want to lose tens of millions by selling so soon.

Soldado apparently has no future at Tottenham Hotspur, with reports in Spain strongly linking the 30-year-old with a return to his home country, with Villarreal manager Marcelino Garcia Toral a keen admirer.

English outlets such as the Daily Mail, claim Spurs are ready to lower their asking price. £12 million is the quoted fee, less than half the London club paid in 2013, although that might be still too much for Villarreal.

Sevilla too have been strongly linked with interest in Soldado, however, he's the least appealing option amongst Sevilla fans polled by Estadio Deportivo, with just 5% backing the idea of any move. Concern at his disappointing form with Tottenham over the last two seasons, and his high asking price, likely the two key reasons for such a reaction from supporters.

Given that Villarreal seem closest to any potential move for Soldado, it appears Sevilla fans won'y get to see him don their shirt after all, but if Tottenham are prepared to reduce their valuation further, there's still the possibility of a bid if other options fall through.

Finally and amidst the belief Sevilla aren't genuinely interested in shelling out for either Soldado or Negredo, the favourite target amongst various Spanish media outlets is former Athletic Bilbao target-man, Llorente.

Juventus are prepared to sell, given the Basque striker is surplus to their requirements, but again, Sevilla aren't planning to spend big. They're prepared to play a waiting game, amidst suggestions that towards the end of the summer, the Italian club might be prepared to let him go for as little as €6 million.

Also the favoured choice amongst Sevilla fans, Llorente gained a backing of 52% in the poll by Estadio Deportivo. Both supporters and the media outlet recognising that what manager Unai Emery wants most of all, is a striker who can dominate aerial duels inside the box, thus improving the ratio of goals coming from headers.

There could be a battle to sign Llorente though, with ABC Sevilla reporting that along with the leading club of their city, Portuguese giants FC Porto are also said to be very keen, whilst there's also Premier League interest, with Crystal Palace and Stoke City also monitoring his situation.

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