Earlier this week we were being linked with a surprise move for Alvaro Negredo.

The former Manchester City striker spent last season on loan at Valencia in a deal that stated the La Liga side had to buy him this summer.

But now it’s being reported that manager Nuno Santo doesn’t want him after an average season from the striker, and he’s looking to offload him as soon as possible.

Cue the links to West Ham, with some reports claiming we’ve been considering a bid to loan him for a season, which would be the sensible thing to do given his failure to really settle in at Man City two years ago.

Sport Witness are now reporting that Valencia would accept a loan deal for Negredo, but only if we have a ‘compulsory purchase option’ in the deal. This means we will have to buy him next summer regardless of how he does.

That would be a huge gamble and the last thing we’d want to be doing is having to do what Valencia are doing right now – agree to a clause like that and then panic when you realise you’ve got to spend money on a player you don’t want 12 months later.

That said, he could bang in 20+ goals in the league for us and we’ll be more than happy to Valencia what they want for him. But he’s 29-years-old and doesn’t exactly have many years left in him at the very top.

Shouldn’t we be going for a younger striker with a lot more promise? Or would you be pleased with a deal like this for Negredo? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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