Hull City have made a surprise move for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Negredo, according to reports in Spain.
The 23-year-old bagged 32 league goals in 70 outings for Almeria after arriving from Real's B team in 2007, with the youngster's form leading him to be linked with Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.
But the Spaniard's future 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 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.
And, according to Marca, Premier League minnows Hull have now joined the race for the front-man, as manager Phil Brown continues his hunt for forwards.
The Tigers have been continually frustrated in the transfer market this summer, with approaches for Michael Owen, Bobby Zamora and Fraizer Campbell all failing to come to fruition.
However, the club did finally bolster their forward line with the acquisitions of USA international Jozy Altidore from Villarreal and Celta Vigo's Kamel Ghilas.
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