Spanish press claim Negredo to join City for £24m

Spanish press claim Negredo to join City for £24m
By Eurosport

04/07/2013 at 03:19Updated 04/07/2013 at 03:37

Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo will join Manchester City in a £24 million deal, according to reports in Spain.

Madrid-based sports radio station Marca – affiliated to the newspaper – reported that the Spain international would move to Eastlands for the fee of 28 million euros (£24m).

If the move does transpire, Negredo would join former team-mate Jesus Navas at Eastlands after he joined for £15m.

The 27-year-old former Almeria, Real Madrid and Rayo Vallecano forward has made no secret of his desire to leave Andalusia.

He has long been linked with a move to the Premier League, with Tottenham Hotspur previously tipped as a destination.

Discounting the reported fee, City seems like an unusual destination given his reputation as a bustling poacher - Edin Dzeko would presumably leave the Premier League runners-up, and he is widely regarded as a superior target man.

Negredo has scored 70 goals in 139 Liga appearances for Sevilla and six in 14 for Spain.

Sevilla have sold Navas, Luis Alberto and Antonio Luna this summer as they rebuild following an indifferent season.

So far Chelsea's Marko Marin has arrived on loan while wingers Jairo and Vitolo have joined from Racing Santander and Las Palmas, with Romania striker Raul Rusescu also signed from Steaua Bucharest.