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Arsenal and Liverpool chase 'The Beast of Vallecas'

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Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo has emerged as a transfer target for the Premier League duo of Liverpool and Arsenal.

26 year old Negredo was a part of the Euro 2012 Spanish squad, and has impressed both English sides, replacing compatriot Fernando Llorente of Athletic Bilbao as a key transfer target for the clubs, reports Spanish newspaper AS. It is believed that both managers may be on the lookout for strikers. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger may bid for the former Real Madrid man if Robin van Persie leaves Arsenal, and Liverpool boss may opt for the Spaniard in a bid to replace Andy Carroll if the English forward moves out of the club, maybe on loan.

With Malaga also wanting the 26 year old, Sevilla will surely look to sell Negredo at a much higher price than the 12 million pounds with which they bought the player from Real Madrid.

Negredo, nicknamed 'La fiera de Vallecas (The beast of Vallecas), has played all his football, till now, in Spain. Born in Madrid, he was part of the Real Madrid B (Castilla) side, but could never break into the main squad, and eventually joined Sevilla for 15 million Euros, where he has established his place in the first team. Negredo has scored 100 league goals in just over 250 appearances in the Spanish league, and is capped 12 times for Spain, scoring 6 times with an impressive conversion rate of a goal every other game. He was a part of the victorious Spanish Euro 2012 squad, playing twice in the tournament, including starting in the semi-final against Portugal.