West Ham are considering an ambitious move for Valencia striker Alvaro Negredo this summer, according to Metro.

The Hammers had a £14.5million bid for him rejected in 2013 before the Spain international eventually joined Manchester City for £16.5million from Sevilla later on that summer.

Negredo went on to enjoy a successful maiden season in England, scoring 23 goals in 48 first team outings, as well as helping City lift the Capital One Cup and Premier League title.

But the 29-year-old was shipped out on loan to Valencia after just one season, in a move that included an obligatory purchase clause with Valencia, meaning the La Liga outfit had to buy him at the end of the season (this summer) for a fee believed to be in the region of €27million.

But it is claimed Valencia manager Nuno Santo is no longer keen on keeping Negredo at the club and is eager to offload him before the transfer window closes in a few weeks.

Hammers boss Slaven Bilic has admitted he is in the market for another striker but has refused to shed any light on who he has his sights on. The club have so far been heavily linked with Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez and QPR’s Charlie Austin, but both deals currently look increasingly unlikely to materialise.

With Andy Carroll still sidelined through injury and Enner Valencia ruled out until October, it’s no secret that the Hammers are desperate to bolster their attacking options.

It’s still not clear what the terms of the deal may be, but a loan deal would probably be more attractive to the Hammers given the fact Negredo was shipped out of Man City and Valencia in quick succession.

What do you think? Would you be happy if we signed Alvaro Negredo?

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