Could Leeds United genuinely make breathtaking move for Alvaro Negredo?

Alvaro Negredo of Middlesbrough

Leeds United should consider an ambitious move for Alvaro Negredo.

Former Manchester City pair Pablo Zabaleta [left] and Alvaro NegredoFormer Manchester City pair Pablo Zabaleta and Alvaro Negredo

Back in 2013 Manchester City splashed out £24 million to sign Spanish international Alvaro Negredo. 

Now his career is in limbo after a disappointing couple of seasons, and there are several reasons Leeds United should make an ambitious attempt to bring him to Elland Road.

What's his situation?

Negredo is contracted to Spanish side Valencia after spending a season with Middlesbrough on loan last season.

Marca reported last week that Negredo has been told to find a new club as he is not in their plans for next season.

The Birmingham Mail reported earlier this month that West Brom were interested, with the striker keen to remain in England.

Middlesbrough's Alvaro Negredo in action

Why could it happen?

The key man to a deal is Victor Orta, Leeds United's new technical director.

He was responsible for bringing Negredo to Middlesbrough last season, a club where he was given plenty of opportunities.

With relations between Orta and Valencia already established, the door is open for Leeds to attempt to do a deal.

What's his recent record?

Last season Negredo netted 10 goals for the club, an unspectacular number but enough to make him the club's top scorer. The team struggled for goals all season and he also provided five assists.

In his one season at Manchester City he scored a prolific 23 goals, and has 10 goals at international level for Spain.

Middlesbrough's Alvaro Negredo celebrates scoring their first goal

Could it be successful?

Negredo could benefit from dropping down a division into the Championship, and could start enjoying his football more after a tough couple of seasons at Middlesbrough and Valencia.

He could play instead of Chris Wood if the situation demanded it, and alongside him the duo would be a formidable partnership.

New manager Thomas Christiansen is a former Spain international striker himself and could get the best out of Negredo.

How much would he cost?

This is the biggest sticking point for Leeds but potentially he is in reach. Marca report he would be available at £8 million.

Despite the big figure, he would be worth it, and new owner Andrea Radrizzani will know he needs to front up cash f Leeds are to compete for promotion.

With several million pounds also due from compensation for Charlie Taylor's departure, Leeds could get there.

Middlesbrough's Alvaro Negredo applauds fans as he is substituted

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