It appears Alvaro Negredo could be on the move today. Takvim in Turkey have suggested he is available for just £3 million. The Besiktas striker is being targeted by both Cardiff City and Aston Villa.
But one team who should consider hijacking a deal is Leeds United. Victor Orta knows Negredo well. He snapped him up on loan from Valencia in 2016 whilst the director of football at Middlesbrough. Negredo, who has 10 goals in 21 caps for Spain, was a serial goalscorer with Sevilla before a move to Manchester City curtailed his career in 2013.
In the Championship, he could be frightening. At just £3 million he would be a bargain for Leeds. With just Patrick Bamford and Kemar Roofe present, Leeds still need another striker to have a three-pronged attack for a 46-game season. Negredo also offers something completely different to the current striking options.
Last summer, as reported by AS, Leeds were linked with the Spaniard. Orta was the main broker in that deal, which would have been a loan. However, the permanent offer at Besiktas saw him head to Turkey.
Leeds and Orta now have a chance to get their hands on Negredo again. If not by this evening’s 5pm deadline, Leeds would still have until the end of the month to secure a loan for the player.
If Leeds could get such a deal over the line, it would be a massive coup from the West Yorkshire side.