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Alvaro Negredo linked to Sydney FC move

11:55 am AEST 7/8/18
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The Sky Blues appear to be chasing another Spanish striker

After missing out on Fernando Torres, Sydney FC have turned their attention to another Spanish striker in the shape of former Manchester City player Alvaro Negredo.

BeIN Sports Turkey first reported the Sky Blues interest in the current Besiktas attacker, who is contracted to the club until the middle of 2019.

In the clip, beIN pundit Raşit Altun confirms an offer has been made for Negredo but a move may be hampered by wage demands.

"Sydney FC, Bobo's ex-team, made an offer to Beşiktaş for Alvaro Negredo," Altun said.

"They had Alessandro Del Piero, just a couple of years ago. They are trying to raise the popularity of Australian football, which is lower than even MLS.

"Jorge Jesus' team Al Hilal also made contact but Negredo's cost was too much."

Negredo scored seven goals across 31 league appearances for the Turkish side last season and was used more as a substitute than a starter. 

That role has seen him linked to a move before the European transfer window closes with Sydney FC emerging as a surprise option and a deal could in fact be close to being finalised.

The Sky Blues are in desperate need of some fire power after losing Golden Boot winner Bobo and Johnny Warren medalist Adrian Mierzejewski during the off-season.

About to turn 33, Negredo could well provide some after a career that's seen him win the Premier League with Manchester City and the 2012 European Championship with Spain.

He has however failed to notch up double figures in front of goal in a league season since 2012/13 when he banged in 25 with Sevilla.

That poor output has seen his value plummet and Negredo could well be a bargain buy for Sydney FC with the FFA still in a position to contribute marquee funding if needed.