Spurs chairman set for talks with Sevilla man.
Tottenham are leading Arsenal in the chase for Spain striker Alvaro Negredo after chairman Daniel Levy began talks for the £12m-rated Sevilla star, says the Daily Mirror.
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The Spanish side’s president Jose Maria del Nido has flown to the UK in an attempt to sell Negredo, as he looks the ease the club’s financial woes.
Spurs are desperate for a new striker but boss Andre Villas-Boas has ruled out a move for pricey Brazilian Leandro Damiao.
With Emmanuel Adebayor set to leave for the African Cup of Nations this month, the Lilywhites will be left with Jermain Defoe as their only senior forward.
Negredo has been on fine form for Sevilla this season, netting 8 times in 16 La Liga appearances.
Del Nido is also set to tout the 27-year-old World Cup winner to other Premier League club’s but will sit down with Levy this weekend to discuss Negredo.
The pair have a fiery relationship after Spurs poached Sevilla boss Juande Ramos in 2007 and del Nido would prefer to flog Negredo to Arsenal, with whom he has previously done business for Jose Antonio Reyes, Julio Baptista and Sebastian Squillaci.
Arsenal could yet join the race for Negredo, having previously targeted his compatriots David Villa and Adrian Lopez of Barcelona and Atletico Madrid respectively.
But Barca have ruled out the sale of Villa, while Atletico want at least £15m for Lopez.
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