Leeds United should use Alvaro Negredo fee for Kyle Bartley

Kyle Bartley of Leeds United gestures during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on February 25, 2017 in Leeds, England.

Leeds United can't justify spending so much on another striker, not when they need another centre-back.

Leeds United are, according to The Mirror, willing to stump up £6.4 million to sign Alvaro Negredo.

But if Leeds have that sort of money lying around then they could and definitely should put it toward a £7.5 million move for Kyle Bartley instead.

Negredo, a former Manchester City striker with 21 caps for Spain, would certainly excite the Elland Road faithful and strengthen their hopes of Premier League promotion a little.

Alvaro Negredo of Middlesborough shoots at goal during the Premier League match between Middlesbourgh and Arsenal at Riverside Stadium on April 17, 2017 in Middlesbrough, England.

But, by virtue of the fact that Chris Wood scored 30 goals last season - and 27 in the Championship - it would appear as if signing the Spaniard would be more of a want than a neccessity for the Yorkshire giants.

Thomas Christiansen's system only allows for one central striker and, with Wood and Negredo offering similar qualities, it seems unnecessary to have two of the same player - and especially when that other player costs over £6 million.

Negredo is too expensive to play second fiddle, and Wood far too lethal not to play every week. It is a different story at the back, however.

Leeds have already signed Matthew Pennington on a season-long loan, and he has looked a good addition in pre-season so far, but it's hard to imagine him being more effective alongside Pontus Jansson in defence than Bartley was last season.

The duo conceded 47 times in 46 Championship outings, with only Premier League new boys Newcastle United and Brighton, and beaten playoff finalists Reading conceding less.

Plus, Pennington, 22, has never kicked a ball in the Championship, and only has seven Premier League appearances under his belt. If Bartley - who travelled to the United States with Swansea for pre season - is available then Leeds can't justify spending so much on Negredo without looking at the ex-Arsenal man, or indeed another centre-back.

Negredo would be a huge signing that Leeds don't strictly need. Bartley would be a huge signing that they do.

Kyle Bartley of Leeds United gestures during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on February 25, 2017 in Leeds, England.

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