Video evidence: Alvaro Negredo (Tottenham)

A number of papers have picked up on the transfer rumour first published by L’Equipe yesterday, that Alvaro Negredo is close to moving to Tottenham.

According to The Sun: “Tottenham aim to sign Real Madrid striker Alvaro Negredo in the next few days. Boss Harry Redknapp is keen to strengthen his forward-line. And after missing out on Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, he has switched his attention to the Spaniard.”

Negredo started his career at Rayo Vallecano in Spain’s third division. His displays impressed Real Madrid’s scouts leading to the club purchasing the promising striker and placing him with their feeder club Real Madrid Castilla in 2005.

In two seasons he netted 22 goals in 65 games. Almeria, then newly promoted to La Liga took a gamble on the young Spaniard and chose him to spearhead their attack. Negredo’s star continued to ascend and in his first season he scored 13 goals and ended as the club’s top scorer, helping the club to 8th place. Last season his goal scoring improved and he finished the campaign with a tally of 19 goals.

His physique (he stands at 6ft 1 inch) and playing style is reminiscent of another striker at Real Madrid and one that is well known to Premier League fans, Ruud van Nistelrooy. Like the ex-Manchester United poacher he is not blessed with great pace but still plays of the shoulder of the last defender looking to do his work in the 18 yard box where his left foot is clinical. His aerial ability like the Dutchman’s is excellent and he is a constant threat from corners and crosses.

He possesses a great touch and has the ability to bring others into play. He also takes free kicks and penalties.

Negredo’s nickname is La fiera de Vallecas (The wild animal of Vallecas) this is best demonstrated by his disciplinary record. Last season he picked up 8 yellows and 2 reds, an impressive tally for a striker.

With six strikers on the books at Real, and with a newly acquired Benzema, strikers will be leaving Los Merengues. Florentino Perez exercised a €5 million buy back option on the player knowing that he will sell for a profit.

Liverpool have been long linked with Negredo and with talks seemingly advanced with Spurs, it is still possible the 23-year-old could be included as a makeweight in the Xabi Alonso deal.

It’s an open secret that Harry Redknapp is trying to offload Bent and Pavlyuchenko who have failed to score consistently for Spurs. Redknapp will have his work cut out to convince the striker to sign for a team not playing European football, but the player has not ruled out moving to London.

Expect his future to be resolved soon.

Alvaro’s goals from season 2007/2008 can be seen here and another selection here.