Sevilla FC president Jose Maria del Nido has revealed the club have rejected a cheeky £14.5 million bid from West Ham United for Alvaro Negredo, the Daily Mail understands.
Negredo, 27, bagged 31 goals in 42 appearances across all competitions for Sevilla last term, including four goals in a 4-3 win over Valencia CF on the final day of the season.
The highly-rated Spain international, whose current contract expires in the summer of 2017, is unlikely to be sold by the Sevillistas this summer, especially when considering the club have already cashed in on star winger Jesus Navas, who is set to join Manchester City for a reported fee of up to £24 million including add-ons.
“He has four years left on his contract,” said del Nido.
“He is at home here. He has scored a lot of goals and delighted us with his football.
“The summer will tell us in due course if he will still be with us, but if you ask my opinion I’d rather there were no bids. West Ham offered €17 million in cash with more in incentives but we do not value the offer and the player refused.”
Sevilla claimed ninth-place in the La Liga table last season, earning the final UEFA Europa League qualifying spot in Spain.
Vydra eyes top-flight football
The agent of Udinese Calcio striker Matej Vydra, Ondrej Chovanec, has insisted the player does not want to return to Championship side Watford F.C. on loan next season, Sky Sports reports.
Vydra, 21, scored 22 goals in 45 league appearances, 31 starts, for the Hornets in last season while establishing himself as the No. 1 choice for the Czech Republic national team under Michal Bílek.
The Czech Republic international is reportedly attracting interest from a number of clubs in the English Premier League, including the likes of Arsenal, Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur, but the Pozzo family — who boss both Udinese and Watford — want the striker to return to Vicarage Road to “finish the job” (i.e. win promotion).
“I can’t imagine him playing Championship again right now,” Chovanec told the Evening Standard.
“We discussed it with the boy and he would like to play with the top players on the top level. It’s difficult because he was very happy at Watford, but if you get the opportunity to play Premier League or German Bundesliga would you say no?
“He is the number one Czech international striker and he would like to play the same level competition as Petr Cech is doing.”
However, the Pozzo family has told Chovanec the player will be allowed to leave the club, but only if the incoming offer is good enough.