Brought in on loan from Valencia after the Spanish club were forced to buy him from Manchester City due to a clause they now regret, Alvaro Negredo has continued his tragic recent goalscoring record at Middlesbrough.

Looking like a great signing at the start of the season for Aitor Karanka, the Spanish target man has failed to deliver more than once for the promoted club, and talk of a new striker coming in has been circulating over the past month.


The main target, touted by the Italian press, to come to the Riverside stadium is Lazio’s is Filip Đorđević, who has been pushed to one side at the Serie A side by Ciro Immobile.

Trying to get some funds to maybe strengthen their own squad, the Italian club are, according to Il Messaggero, looking to get around €10m for the 29-year-old they picked up on a free from Nantes two years ago.

Screen Shot 2016-12-09 at 12.56.50A return to France has also been discussed, but none of the clubs are willing to pay such an amount, meaning the Premier League, with all their money, is their likeliest chance of getting their desired sum.

Middlesbrough, down their end, aren’t keen on matching Lazio’s price, and it seems that if Lotito, the club’s president, wants to get some money for Đorđević, he’s going to have to lower his demands.