The Hammers, it seems, had a chance to bring the former Manchester City striker back to England.
West Ham United have recently been linked with a plethora of striking options, after injury saw them rule out Enner Valencia for three months. With Andy Carroll still on the mend it left them short up top and it was reported by the Daily Mail yesterday that Raul Jimenez, the Mexico international currently with Atletico Madrid, would be filling the void on a loan deal.
That move is currently subject to a work permit which, considering Mexico’s current FIFA ranking, should come relatively easily.
However, they do have an alternative, according to Deporte El Valenciano.
The Spanish report claims that Valencia had offered The Hammers the chance to sign Spanish international striker Alvaro Negredo, bringing him back to England in the process.
The 29-year-old striker joined Manchester City in 2013 but it was a move that never quite came to be a success.
He was loaned out to Valencia last September, in a deal that contained an obligatory buy-out at its conclusion.
So this summer Valencia had to sign the player but the problem is this, Valencia’s manager Nuno does not want him.
Therefore Negredo is being offered out on loan to club’s in England and Spain, trying to find a destination for the outcast.
West Ham were one option, however, they are keener on Jimenez and will not be making a move for Negredo.
His former club Sevilla and Real Sociedad, whose manager David Moyes tried signing him at Everton, remain potential options.