COMMENT By Will Butcher
Newcastle could take a big step towards Premier League safety next season with the signing of experienced goal machine Alvaro Negredo.
The 31-year-old forward is expected to leave La Liga outfit Valencia this summer after returning to the Spanish club following his season-long loan with Newcastle’s local rivals Middlesbrough.
BBC journalist Pat Murphy revealed on his personal Twitter account that Wolves had no interest in Negredo, who is believed to be on a weekly wage of £100,000 a week.
Understand @Wolves not in for Alvaro Negredo. Wages of around £100 a wk deemed too much. Not close to signing anyone else at the moment
— Pat Murphy (@patmurphybbc) July 19, 2017
Now, Newcastle could look to steal in and lure the Spain international to St. James’ Park as Rafa Benitez looks to add players to his side capable of avoiding an instant return to the Championship.
Football Insider analyses just how Negredo could single-handedly keep the Toon afloat next season, if he becomes Benitez’s third signing after Florian Lejeune and Christian Atsu.
Here are three reasons why, with doubts surrounding the future of one of Newcastle’s current strikers: