Hull close in on Negredo capture

Hull City are closing in on the signing of Real Madrid striker Alvaro Negredo, according to the player's agent.

The 23-year-old bagged 32 league goals in 70 outings for Almeria after arriving from Real's B team in 2007, with his form leading him to be linked with Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.

But the Spaniard's future at the Bernabeu is seemingly over following the Madridistas' expensive close-season captures of Karim Benzema, Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo and Xabi Alonso, with fellow forward Klaas-Jan Huntelaar having already departed for AC Milan.

Bundesliga outfit Stuttgart, Serie A side Roma and 2008 UEFA Cup winners Zenit St. Petersburg are all believed to have expressed an interest in Negredo, with Real reportedly keen on securing around £15 million for the forward's services to help balance their books.

However, Premier League minnows Hull have now emerged as surprise favourites to land the front-man, after the player's representitive, Alejandro Camano, admitted he had held talks with Tigers chairman Paul Duffen.

"It's 100 percent possible," he said in the Hull Daily Mail.

"I have had calls with the chairman. He likes the team and it's possible he will play in the Premier League.

"The chairman is a good man but the deal is not totally 100 percent yet."

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