Alvaro, of course, played for Middlesbrough last year, where Victor Orta brought him in on loan. Reportedly, Orta is trying to work his magic to bring the 31-year-old striker to Elland Road. One thing everyone is seeing as a bump in the road is Negredo’s wages. Last year at Boro, Negredo was on the books for £30,000-per-week. Modou Barrow, who joined Leeds on what would be a terrible loan spell in January, was the highest paid player on Leeds’ books, being paid £20,000-per-week. 30k a week may not seem outrageous but in terms of what the players make at Leeds United, it’s a bit of a stretch.
If we can find a way to bring Negredo on loan, I’m all for it. Caleb Ekuban, for now, is an unknown. I don’t know if Leeds see him as depth or as a starting quality striker to play alongside Chris Wood. If it’s the latter and he has trouble adapting to the Championship and we don’t bring in anyone else, trouble could be on the horizon. Bringing in Negredo would be extremely beneficial. Negredo and Wood up top could be lethal. Negredo knows how to score goals and can lighten the burden on Chris Wood’s shoulders. Not only that, but if Ekuban does have growing pains in the Championship, he can learn from Negredo while getting game time as a sub or starting cup games. But again, wages. If Leeds can convince Valencia that they are doing the club a favor by taking Negredo away for a year (not necessarily a lie), maybe Los Che can be convinced to eat up part of his wages to make this deal happen.
Negredo in a Leeds shirt? How do YOU feel about that? Lemme know in the comments!