Tottenham Hotspur have joined the race to sign Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo this summer, and are ready to challenge Atletico Madrid for the £20 million-rated star's signature.
According to the Daily Star, the North London club are eager to strengthen their forward line in time for the start of the 2014/15 campaign, and have identified the 28-year-old for a possible move to White Hart Lane.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is rumoured to have concerns over Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado, and wants to add another proven striker to his ranks as a priority this transfer window.
The Argentine is believed to be an admirer of Harry Kane, but does not want to place too much responsibility on the youngster's shoulders at the start of his tenure as Tottenham manager.
Debut Premier League season
Negredo enjoyed a mixed first season at the Etihad Stadium following his initial £16.4 million move from Sevilla last summer.
The Spain international scored 23 goals in all competitions for Manuel Pellegrini's side, but missed out on a place at the World Cup in Brazil after managing just 21 starts in the Premier League.
Competition for places
With Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko both ahead of Negredo in the Manchester City pecking order, he has grown increasingly frustrated by his lack of regular action.
And, with Stevan Jovetic also an option for Pellegrini, competition for places will remain tough - even before making any signings of their own in the current window.
Rumours that Negredo is keen to return to his homeland prompted speculation that Atletico Madrid are ready to bring the striker back to La Liga, as Diego Simeone continues his search for a replacement for Chelsea-bound Diego Costa.
However, the latest development in the story suggests that the Manchester City man could remain in England, joining up with Tottenham as Pochettino's first major signing of the summer.
The Daily Mail reports that the Citizens would be unwilling to let Negredo leave for £20 million, but would consider selling the Spaniard should any of his potential suitors meet the club's £26 million valuation.
Spurs are also thought to be closing in on a deal to bring Swansea City left-back Ben Davies to the capital, with further defensive reinforcements also high on the former Southampton boss' agenda.
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