Liverpool 'in the hunt for former City striker Alvaro Negredo'
Liverpool may have just wrapped up the signings of Danny Ings and Christian Benteke, and they may have Mario Balotelli and Fabio Borini on their books, too (no matter how hard they try and pretend that they don't), but reports in Spain suggest that the Reds are in the market for yet another front man.
Brendan Rodgers has supposedly sent a transfer delegation to Spain to enquire into the services of Valencia's Alvaro Negredo, who left Manchester City in a €27 million deal last season.
However Negredo failed to impress at his new club, managing just five goals in 29 games for Valencia. And the club are now willing to part with the forward at a discount rate so that they can bring in other targets, which are thought to include Tottenham's Roberto Soldado.
Rodgers is enthused by the prospect of playing Ings and Negredo either side of Benteke, in a three man attack that would strike fear into the hearts of even the sternest Premier League defences.
Arsenal and Manchester United have also been linked with the player, but the former club have prioritised a move for Karim Benzema, whilst it is thought that Manchester United aren't willing to spend in excess of £15 million for Negredo, who is 29 years old and has limited sell on value.
Meanwhile, Rickie Lambert has completed his cut-price move to West Brom, in a deal worth just shy of £3 million.
And the veteran hitman enjoyed a positive start to his time at the club, by scoring a brace against Bristol Rovers in a pre-season friendly.
Lambert left his boyhood club in search of first team football again, after being told his contract would not be renewed.
Balotelli managed only one goal in 16 league appearances last season, and is now surplus to requirements at Anfield after the transfer of Christian Benteke.
"Balotelli is a top player, and moving to Qatar could be an excellent opportunity for him to play in a league with less scrutiny, recharge their batteries, and return to Europe as a protagonist," Zola told the football website, Goal.