Manchester City striker joins Valencia on season-long loan

Manchester Cit striker Alvaro Negredo has joined Valencia on a season-long loan with an option to make the move permanent next summer, Sky Sports reports.

Despite scoring 23 goals last season for City, Negredo suffered a big dip in form after January, which has pushed him down the pecking order behind Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic.

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The Spaniard therefore asked to leave the club in order to find regular playing time and City boss Manuel Pellegrini allowed Negredo to return to La Liga.

Negredo moved to the Etihad only a year ago after scoring 31 goals for Sevilla, and will now hope to replicate that form ahead of the new Spanish season.

The former Sevilla striker is one of two Manchester City stars that departed on deadline day, as English defender Micah Richards also made an exit to Serie A club Fiorentina.

Richards has also been pushed further down the pecking order due to the arrival of Bacary Sagna as back-up to first-choice right back Pablo Zabaleta.