Valencia's Alvaro Negredo rejects Barcelona loan move

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Valencia striker Alvaro Negredo has turned down the chance to join La Liga giants Barcelona during the January transfer window, according to Goal.com.

The Catalonians' sporting director Robert Fernandez met with the Spaniard and offered him a six-month loan deal.

Negredo has struggled for first-team chances at Valencia under former coach Nuno Espirito Santo, but under the recently-appointed Gary Neville could find his opportunities renewed.

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Barcelona are on the lookout for back-ups to stars Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.

Messi had been out for over two months after a knee injury in September and only returned to action late last month, whereas Neymar is now set to be sidelined after suffering a groin strain.

Summer signings Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal will be available for selection from January, though the task remains to recruit further reinforcements.

Despite Pedro's sale over the summer leaving them light, Barcelona are satisfied with the work done by their sporting director and are confident he will be able to earmark a suitable striker.

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Negredo is a proven entity in La Liga having played his entire professional career in Spain before moving to Premier League heavyweights Manchester City in 2013.

His time with the Citizens cannot be deemed a failure as he scored 23 goals in 48 appearances for the club, but was loaned out the following season to Valencia which culminated in a permanent move this season. He'll hope to re-establish himself under Neville at the Mestalla Stadium.

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