Report: Alvaro Negredo rejects chance to reunite with Valdes at Middlesbrough

Alvaro Negredo celebrates after scoring the second goal for Manchester City

Alvaro Negredo has reportedly snubbed the chance to join Middlesbrough.

Alvaro Negredo celebrates after scoring the third goal for Manchester CityAlvaro Negredo celebrates after scoring for Manchester City

According to The Mirror, Valencia striker Alvaro Negredo has turned down the chance to join newly-promoted Middlesbrough this summer.

Boro have already landed Victor Valdes, Bernardo Espinosa, Marten De Roon and Viktor Fischer, but manager Aitor Karanka is now looking for a new striker.

Alvaro Negredo celebrates after scoring the second goal for Manchester City

January signing Jordan Rhodes hasn't lived up to his billing since his January move from Blackburn Rovers, whilst David Nugent has struggled in the Premier League during previous spells with Burnley, Leicester City and Portsmouth.

With money to spend, a big-name striker may be targeted this summer, and manager Karanka has been trying to lure compatriot Alvaro Negredo to the Riverside Stadium - but The Mirror claim that the Spaniard has rejected a move to Teesside.

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Negredo, 30, has spent two years at Valencia following his 2014 move from Manchester City, but has scored just 18 goals in 76 games for the La Liga side, prompting speculation that he could leave the club this summer.

The former Spain international - who won Euro 2012 alongside new Boro signing Victor Valdes - has had one season in the Premier League on his record, hitting nine goals in 32 games for Manchester City, but also found the net 14 times in 16 games in other competitions.

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A big, burly striker, Negredo is a big name with experience at the highest level, but it's believed that he's rejected a move to Boro - and snubbed a club in China as well.

Negredo instead wants to remain in Spain if he does leave Valencia, meaning Middlesbrough and Karanka must now look elsewhere in their pursuit of signing a new striker this summer.

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