West Ham are in need of reinforcements over the coming transfer window to solve their injury problems, and one of the best players linked is striker Alvaro Negredo.
It would be an outstanding deal. Negredo is a proven goalscorer who has Premier League experience, and is physically suited to playing in the league.
After struggling this season at Valencia, he would also have a point to prove to them, as well as Manchester City.
Gary Neville's early actions as boss of Los Che would indicate though that a move is off the table.
Negredo, nicknamed The Beast, had been selected for only five matches in La Liga, scoring once, but Neville has brought him back into the fold.
Spanish newspaper Marca reported how Neville decided to recall the striker for their Champions League match with Lyon, while the move was hailed by club captain Dani Parejo, reported Football Espana, who said: "He’s an important player for us and we are very happy because he can provide a lot to the group."
Negredo made his comeback against Lyon, his first match since October 3, and it was a bittersweet affair as the French side won to condemn Valencia to the Europa League, but he himself praised Neville's approach and 'clear instructions', reported Football Espana.
The signs are that any club attempting to sign him have been dealt a blow by Neville's decision to involve him, and essentially take him off the transfer market, and unless things change over the next month, West Ham will have to look elsewhere.