Swansea and Leeds Battle Over Alvaro Negredo

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Alvaro Negredo, the 31-year-old Spanish striker, is set for a quick return to English football following his loan spell with Middlesbrough last season.

Swansea City, concerned that Fernando Llorente, 32, will move to Chelsea this window, are looking to bring in an experienced replacement and Negredo who also numbers Manchester City among his former clubs, is seen as ideal by Swans coach Paul Clement.

They face competition from another club seemingly resigned to losing a striker: Leeds United. The Yorkshire club are preparing themselves for bids for Chris Wood, their 27-year-old New Zealand striker. Among those interested in the prolific Kiwi are…Swansea City; what tangled webs we weave!

The Daily Mirror reports that both clubs are willing to meet Valencia’s €7m price tag, which puts Swansea into a win-win situation. If they get Negredo, he has Premier League experience and a valuation which is less hefty than the £20m Leeds want for Wood.

However, if Leeds win the battle for Negredo, it leaves the Swans free to pursue the Elland Road hero. The Peacocks have one advantage over their Premier League rivals: sporting director, Victor Orta.

The Spaniard previously held a similar position with Middlesbrough and was instrumental in taking Negredo to Teeside last season. Swansea are already in talks with the striker but he has promised to hear Leeds out before making his decision.