West Ham land keeper Adrian but Sevilla knock back £14.5m bid for striker Negredo

 
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WEST Ham have bolstered their goalkeeping options by signing Spanish stopper Adrian but failed in another raid on La Liga after it emerged Sevilla rejected their interest in striker Alvaro Negredo.

Adrian, who is likely to serve as an understudy to first-choice Hammers stopper Jussi Jaaskelainen, completed his free transfer yesterday after flying to England for a medical earlier this week.

The 26-year-old only cemented his position in the Primera Division side last season, but went on to play 32 games, conceding 46 times. Negredo, meanwhile, will not be following his countryman from Andalucia to east London after Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido said he had rejected a £14.5m bid from West Ham for the Spain international.

The 27-year-old scored 31 goals last season but Del Nido insisted they did not need to sell their top marksman, having struck a £17m deal to sell winger Jesus Navas to Manchester City.

“He has four years left on his contract. He is at home here. He has scored a lot of goals and delighted us with his football,” Del Nido said of Negredo.

“The summer will tell us in due course if he will still be with us, but if you ask my opinion I’d rather there were no bids. West Ham offered €17m (£14.5m) in cash with more in incentives but we do not value the offer and the player refused.”

West Ham’s failure to lure Negredo, who has scored six goals in 14 international appearances for the world and European champions, is expected to see them redouble efforts to make Andy Carroll’s move permanent.

England forward Carroll spent last season on loan from Liverpool and the Hammers are keen to buy the 24-year-old for a club record-smashing £15m.