€80 million Madrid flop lined up as Fernando Torres replacement

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Liverpool have identified Alvaro Negredo as their number one summer target if striker Fernando Torres follows through on his ‘quit warning’, according to

25-year-old striker Negredo has been linked with a move to the Barclays Premier League with Hull City before when finalising his exit from Real Madrid but Sevilla swooped to sign him for €15 million.

Back in 2009, Negredo revealed his desire to play for Liverpool and partner Fernando Torres – but now it looks like he will have to shoulder El Nino’s goalscoring burden and lead the line at Anfield.

"To play next to Fernando Torres at Anfield is a dream and any player would accept that," he told Sky Sports.

"But I prefer to talk about reality and I have not spoken with Rafa Benitez, but I do know that some contact exists between the clubs.

“It is logical that I am interested in playing in the Premier League and especially Liverpool.

"I believe that playing in England would be a great chance for me as this league is a sensational place for forwards."

Torres and fellow Spaniard Pepe reina have indicated they could leave Liverpool in the summer if they do not move forward and dispense with Roy Hodgson and bring in some world-class players.

Negredo’s buy out clause is set at a massive €80 million but Liverpool will be hoping to pay closer to €20 million but Damian Comolli could yet find another, cheaper option in the meantime.

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