£6.4m striker Negredo might be wishing he signed for Leeds United

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.

Leeds United were linked to Alvaro Negredo this summer.

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.

Leeds United were linked with a shock move for Alvaro Negredo in the summer, with The Mirror reporting their interest.

Valencia's £6.4 million valuation put Leeds off, and perhaps rightly so considering the striker is 32.

Negredo ended up signing for Turkish side Besiktas, and may at this stage be wishing the move to Leeds came off instead.

Gary Cahill of Chelsea holds off Alvaro Negredo of Middlesbrough during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Middlesbrough at Stamford Bridge on May 8, 2017 in London, England.

The Spaniard has played just 118 minutes of football so far in the Turkish Super Lig, and is yet to score.

This has comprised of one start and four appearances as a substitute.

It is easy to see why the former Middlesbrough forward was happy to move to Besiktas, to play top flight football, but dropping into the Championship might have been best for him.

Besiktas' Spanish forward Alvaro Negredo attends a training session on the eve of the UEFA Champions League Group G football match FC Porto vs Besiktas at the Dragao stadium in Porto, on...

Negredo need only look at the start Pierre-Michel Lasogga has made at Leeds, appearing to rejuvenate his flagging career.

The Hamburg loanee had struggled for goals back in Germany but appears a player reborn at Leeds.

Negredo could have been the striker leading the line if the clubs had come to an agreement, instead of being a benchwarmer in Turkey.

By signing the younger player, and on a loan deal instead of for a big fee, Leeds should be glad they made the right decision.

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