Boro chasing yet another transfer coup, on verge of deal for PL-winning assassin

According to reports from Goal, Middlesbrough are close to agreeing a loan deal for former Manchester City striker Alvaro Negro.

The powerful forward contributed nine goals to Manchester City’s 2013/14 Premier League title before moving to Valencia, initially on loan, in the subsequent summer window.

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But the Spain international has struggled to impact positively at the Mestalla, going on to score just ten goals in 55 La Liga appearances.

The 6 foot 1 front-man now appears to be on the verge of returning to the Premier League with newly promoted outfit Middlesbrough.

The Daily Mail linked Negredo with a move to Riverside last week and the latest reports from Goal claim Boro and Valencia are on the verge of agreeing a season-long loan deal at a cost of £6million.

But signing a former Premier League winner would be by no means Boro’s only coup of the summer – they’ve already snapped up Champions League and World Cup winner Victor Valdes on a free transfer.

Likewise, Aitor Karanka’s side have also been linked with two-time Golden Boot winner Robin van Persie and former Bundesliga champion Neven Subotic.