Zenit enter race for Negredo

Russian outfit Zenit St. Petersburg are the latest club being linked with Real Madrid striker Alvaro Negredo.

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.

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 in the past.

Bundesliga outfit Stuttgart and Serie A side Roma are also 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 Spanish daily AS, 2008 UEFA Cup winners Zenit are now weighing up a move for the front-man, with the Russian side - who recently lost striker Pavel Pogrebnyak to Stuttgart. - willing to pay the striker €3.5 million-per-year.

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