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Man City: Negredo could satisfy Pellegrini's wishes

Etihad bound? Alvaro Negredo of Sevilla

Manuel Pellegrini hinted that he will go after a striker. Christian Crowther assesses who should be his top target...

"25 goals in 36 league appearances last term speaks for itself and, at around £24 million, he would cost half that of Cavani or potentially Suarez."

In his first press conference since taking charge at the Etihad Stadium, Pellegrini immediately pointed to replacing the freshly departed Carlos Tevez as a priority. 

He told reporters: "At the moment we have two strikers, but we need another one", although he resisted being drawn on any names.

This makes sense of course, as the pressure will not only be on the Chilean to win back the Premier League title at 3.3512/5, but also to go much further in the Champions League, where the Citizens are rated at 15.014/1 for glory, still some way behind Bayern Munich 4.77/2 and Barcelona 4.84/1.

Here are a few striker that Pellegrini could target:

Wayne Rooney
David Moyes has moved quickly to shut down speculation regarding Rooney's future and it now seems most likely that the England man will stay at Old Trafford after all (what a shock!). If Rooney definitely wanted out then he would have been worth consideration, but the cross-Manchester move has never looked further away. 

Stevan Jovetic
Fiorentina's much sought after front man is certainly one who fits the bill. Like Tevez, he is industrious on the pitch and full of running and, though his goal tallies for Fiorentina are not spectacular (13 and 14 in the last two seasons from 63 appearances), many people remember his four goals in four Champions League appearances in 2009/10, including a brace against Liverpool.

Edinson Cavani
On paper, the Uruguayan has by far the best CV, especially after topping the Serie A scoring charts last season with 29 goals. However, he looks to be deep into negotiations with Paris St-Germain now after City decided (rightly) not to be held to ransom over his £54 million buy-out clause. 

Christian Benteke
Although Aston Villa's young Belgian was statistically the third best striker in the Premier league last season with 19 goals, one brilliant campaign is probably still not enough to make Pellegrini go after him.

Alvaro Negredo
City have reportedly already prepared a bid for the Sevilla striker. This is a player that Pellegrini will know well from his time managing in Spain and looks to have all the attributes to succeed in England. He was the highest-scoring Spaniard in that division last season and, at 27, is at the peak of his powers. 

Luis Suarez
No one can doubt the mesmeric abilities of Liverpool's want-away striker - 1.331/3 to leave - but, after putting up with Tevez's ridiculous behaviour, do Man City really need another bad boy? Perhaps Pellegrini could tame him?

Conclusion: Alvaro Negredo
With the news that Sevilla have just signed Colombian forward Carlos Bacca, negotiations would be a lot easier with the Spanish side now. Twenty-five goals in 36 league appearances last term speaks for itself and, at around £24 million, he would cost half that of Cavani or potentially Suarez. If not, Jovetic is the next best option.

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