Manchester City striker Negredo rejected move to Moyes' Everton

The Spain striker was aware of interest from the Toffees in the 2013 winter transfer window but wanted to focus on finishing the Primera Division season with Sevilla

Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo admits he could have joined Everton last January, but never seriously considered the possibility.

The Spain international made the switch to the Etihad Stadium from Sevilla in the summer, and has been an instant hit with supporters thanks to his 18 goals in all competitions.

Negredo could have been playing in the Premier League sooner, however, with David Moyes - the Manchester United boss then in charge at Everton - keen to take him to Goodison Park 12 months ago.

"There were some rumours about a move to Everton but I just wanted to finish the season with Sevilla," he told reporters.

"I wanted to wait until it got to the summer before I started looking at other options. I never really considered the possibility of moving in January."

Negredo's impressive form continued with a hat-trick in City's 6-0 hammering of West Ham in the first leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final on Wednesday. He is now one goal adrift of Sergio Aguero in the race to be the club's top goalscorer.

The latter has been absent in recent weeks with a calf injury but Negredo realises it will still be difficult to outscore Argentina international.

He added: "I need to get more and catch him up because I know when he comes back he will score more goals."