Sevilla Reject West Ham Bid for Alvaro Negredo

Sevilla have rejected a bid from West Ham for their star striker Alvaro Negredo.

The club felt that the asking price of 14.5 million pounds was below their estimate of the player. Following the confirmation of Jesus Navas’ move to Manchester City, Sevilla seem reluctant to let another attacking player leave.

Club President, Jose Maria Del Nido had this to say at Tuesday’s news conference;

“West Ham offered 17m (euros) with more in incentives but we do not value the offer and the player refused. He has four years left on his contract. He is at home here. He has scored a lot of goals and delighted us with his football.” (quote via BBC)

Negredo netted 31 goals last season, earning Sevilla a ninth place finish in the league. Fortunately for the club, competition bans imposed on Malaga and Rayo Vallecano meant that ninth was high enough to qualify for the Europa League next season.

The size of the bid shows great motivation from West Ham to add proven talent to their team sheet. Continued speculation regarding the future of Andy Carroll is sure to have bolstered the Hammers interests in Negredo.

Carroll is currently out on loan to West Ham and is set to return to Liverpool during the summer. However Sam Allardyce seems eager to keep Carroll on a more permanent deal as his 7 goals in 24 appearances proved crucial to West Ham’s survival last season.

Whether West Ham will dig deeper into their pockets and launch a new bid for Negredo is uncertain. Seeing as the player personally declined the offer, it might mean that the Hammers have to search elsewhere for a goal scorer.

Other potential purchases could be West Brom’s want-away-striker Peter Odemwingie, AS Roma’s Bojan Krkic, or Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke – although they might need a bit more cash to pry him away from the Northeast.

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