Everton manager David Moyes is planning a deadline-day move for Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo, although the player’s agent says that a deal is “impossible”.
Juanma Lopez is quoted by the Liverpool Echo as saying:
It’s impossible. Negredo is an important player for Sevilla and I am absolutely sure nothing will be done in this window.
I know they have spoken to Everton but there is no way it will happen. Unfortunately there is no chance because Sevilla simply don’t want to lose him, and if they do they will ask for crazy money.”
The Daily Mail had earlier reported that Negredo, 27, would cost somewhere in the region of £9 million with his current club in financial difficulty.
The Spainish international has been repeatedly linked with Tottenham in previous seasons and would be something of a coup for Moyes. He has scored 54 goals in 122 league matches for Sevilla and six in 12 international caps.
On Wednesday Everton’s chief executive, Robert Elstone, acknowledged that the problems in the Leroy Fer deal meant they were tracking other possible signings. He said:
There were some issues and we have to put the club’s interest first.
We thought long and hard about it but it didn’t work out because we have to think carefully about how we spend our money. Now we are looking at other options.”
The Toffees beat West Brom 2-1 on Wednesday night to go 5th in the league but had to rely on Leighton Baines for the goals. Marouane Fellaini is top scorer with nine, while Nikica Jelavic has seven and had yet to really ‘fire up’.
Earlier this month Moyes highlighted Jelavic’s indifferent form, claiming the Croatian could benefit from “some time out” and that “a couple of goals might change his world”.
Negredo, a former Real Madrid player, was the subject of a £12 million bid from Hull City in 2009 but rejected the chance in favour of Sevilla. His time at the former Europa League (then Uefa Cup) winners has been an unequivocal success.