As unlikely a transfer as it would be, it appears that Leeds United are still in the running for Alvaro Negredo according to Sportiv Media.

The Turkish-language, Germany-based media outlet say that the deal for Negredo is still very much on for the Whites, and admit that Besiktas could be out of the running. Sportiv Media say that Spanish striker Negredo “is in favour of continuing his career in Spain or England.”

Whilst this statement would eliminate the interest of the Turkish side, it in no way automatically means that Leeds United will be getting the man who many fans are saying is nothing but a pipe dream of a transfer.

Leeds United interest in the former Middlesbrough loanee was also mooted by the Daily Mirror on Friday evening. Despite being “already in talks” with Swansea, the Mirror’s Bill Cooper said that Negredo “is willing to listen to what Leeds have to offer before making a decision on his future.”

The Mirror article also mentioned that Leeds United’s Technical Director Victor Orta was in a similar role at Middlesbrough when they brought him in on loan from current club Valencia to the Riverside. This ‘role’ is elaborated on by Sportiv Media who say in their article that “Victor Orta, who is on the Leeds United technical committee, was sitting at the table with Alvaro Negredo.”

As already mentioned, striker Negredo is already in talks with Swansea but the Mirror’s Cooper says that Leeds are ready to meet La Liga side Valencia’s £6.4 million asking price – something corroborated by this evening’s Sportiv Media piece – although they say “negotiations between Leeds United and the Spanish club Valencia amounted to 7.2 million Euros” – a figure falling just short of £6.5 million.

He spent last season, as mentioned, in the Premier League with Middlesbrough, playing 39 games for Boro in their relegation-haunted campaign – a campaign where he scored 10 goals and provided four assists.

One fan, however, urges a sense of caution with the following tweeted picture.

In all honesty, a transfer of such a player to Leeds United is likely a pipe dream, but that hasn’t stopped Leeds fans from allowing themselves to indulge a little in the dream itself. Whilst some acknowledge the realities of it never happening, others are possibly tempting fate a little – possibly regretting it somewhat if the West Yorkshire side do manage to pull off the coup of Negredo’s signing.

As pretty a sight as that may be to some, I think many will pass on proof that the tattoo is there should Alvaro Negredo be paraded as Leeds United’s signing number ten of the current transfer window.

What might save Ed and his left gonad some very painful moments is news of further interest from a third side in Argentina’s San Lorenzo. According to Sportiv Media, their manager Bernardo Romeo said that should the club fail to land first target Eduardo Vargas then Alvaro Negredo would become someone that “we shall look at.”