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PUBLISHED:

01:00 GMT, 13 April 2013

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13:16 GMT, 13 April 2013

It may be FA Cup semi-final weekend, but there's still plenty of Premier League action to enjoy with five 3pm kick-offs on Saturday afternoon: Arsenal vs Norwich City, Aston Villa vs Fulham, Everton vs Queens Park Rangers, Reading vs Liverpool and Southampton vs West Ham United.

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2.02pm LIVERPOOL team news versus Reading – Brendan Rodgers has made one change from last weekend's goalless draw with West Ham United, with Daniel Sturridge coming in for Stewart Downing.

Liverpool: Reina, Enrique, Johnson, Carragher, Agger, Lucas, Henderson, Gerrard, Sturridge, Suarez, Coutinho
Substitutes: Jones, Assaidi, Downing, Coates, Suso, Shelvey, Skrtel

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Reading: McCarthy, Gunter, Morrison, Mariappa, Kelly, Karacan, Guthrie, McAnuff, Hunt, McCleary, Pogrebnyak
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2pm Hello and welcome to Sportsmail's coverage of this afternoon's five Barclays Premier League matches.

The FA Cup semi-finals may take centre stage this weekend, but there's still plenty at stake in the top flight, particularly in the relegation battle.

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Premier League Saturday afternoon action

Sam Allardyce thinks one win will keep West Ham up

West Ham one win away from safety after valiant draw, says Allardyce

By
Simon Stone, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

16:55 GMT, 7 April 2013

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UPDATED:

17:05 GMT, 7 April 2013

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce believes his side still require another win to secure their top-flight future following today's 0-0 draw at Liverpool.

The Hammers were denied a first Anfield triumph in 50 years when Lucas turned James Tomkins' goalbound header off the line five minutes from time.

Nevertheless, Allardyce's team are edging themselves away from trouble and, unlike Stoke and Norwich, seem to have played themselves into a little bit of form.

One more needed: West Ham boss Sam Allardyce believes his team need one more win to be safe

One more needed: West Ham boss Sam Allardyce believes his team need one more win to be safe

'I'd like another three points,' said Allardyce.

'It depends on the run of the teams below us because some are picking up two or three wins back to back. But we are looking up, not down.'

Tomkins and fellow centre-half James Collins were outstanding, restricting Liverpool to few clear-cut chances, even if one of them was ruled out for offside, only for TV replays to suggest Daniel Sturridge's second-half effort should have stood.

'To have won would have been a massive bonus for us as it is 50 years since we last did it,' said Allardyce.

Outstanding: James Collins (left) was excellent in keeping Luis Suarez quiet

Outstanding: James Collins (left) was excellent in keeping Luis Suarez quiet

Twisting and turning: Mo Diame (left) tries to find a way through the Liverpool defence

Twisting and turning: Mo Diame (left) tries to find a way through the Liverpool defence

'But it is still a very big point, and very well deserved.

'I don't think we have defended better away from home all season.

'Collins and Tomkins were really good when you consider how few chances Liverpool had.'

Tomkins was not able to see out the entire game, although Allardyce revealed the calf injury that forced his early departure was not too serious.

Injured: James Tomkins, who was colossal alongside Collins, went off with a calf injury

Injured: James Tomkins, who was colossal alongside Collins, went off with a calf injury

Not given: Gerrard was denied a penalty, James Tomkins adjudged to have won the ball

Not given: Gerrard was denied a penalty, James Tomkins adjudged to have won the ball

Tracking back: Ricardo Vaz Te (left) epitomises West Ham's work rate

Tracking back: Ricardo Vaz Te (left) epitomises West Ham's work rate

Brendan Rodgers wants four new signing to turn Liverpool into top four contenders

Liverpool want Williams, Ben Arfa, Ince and Gameiro as Rodgers targets four summer signings to seal Champions League return

By
Dominic King

PUBLISHED:

00:14 GMT, 13 March 2013

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UPDATED:

08:10 GMT, 13 March 2013

Brendan Rodgers has outlined his ambition to make four new signings this summer to give Liverpool’s squad the depth to become credible Champions League challengers.

Liverpool have made significant progress on the back of a positive January transfer window which saw them land Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho and Rodgers wants that to set a precedent.

He is eager to sign similar quality players in the close season and plans have already been put into place for the recruitment drive, with Rodgers wanting to have a number of options.

Top target: Brendan Rodgers wants to be reunited with Swansea's Ashley Williams

Top target: Brendan Rodgers wants to be reunited with Swansea's Ashley Williams

Feyenoord's Stefan De Vrij and Swansea captain Ashley Williams will be considered as potential new central defenders, while Newcastle’s Hatem Ben Arfa, Tom Ince of Blackpool and Paris St Germain’s Kevin Gameiro will also come under consideration.

'There is no doubt there is a natural rebuilding that will come with the likes of Jamie Carragher going,’ said Rodgers. ‘I am happy with the squad if I can then put another three or four quality players to it. It is quality we are after, not quantity.

'If we bring in another three or four quality players to add to what we have got, then we have got a strong squad. Naturally there might be people who aren't playing who might want to think about going elsewhere, but at the moment it's a strong squad.’

Hatem Ben Arfa

Tom Ince

Wanted men: Rodgers is keen on Hatem Ben Arfa from Newcastle and Blackpool's Tom Ince

When Rodgers took over last summer, there was a feeling that Liverpool lacked a strategy in the transfer market, which contributed to the summer window ending in farce as they missed out on signing Clint Dempsey. It is why Rodgers feels it is imperative to have different options to go for.

'Of course you have an ideal target, but we are getting to a situation now where, for me, you have to have three players and if one doesn't come off you have to be comfortable with the other two – If you get one of those you are happy,’ said Rodgers.

'There is a lot of terrific work going on behind the scenes with the scouting department getting those lists together really. We never had that in the summer and what I had to go with was not what I knew but there were some key positions we needed support in.

Wanted: Paris Saint-Germain's forward Kevin Gameiro is a target

Wanted: Paris Saint-Germain's forward Kevin Gameiro is a target

'What I didn't want to do was to waste the club's money. I like to be extensive and know what we are bringing in, but also we did not have the time and that was the big issue. We are much better placed now. There is great collaboration that goes on between all the departments.

'January was a productive window for us and hopefully if we do the similar in the summer then it's going to be a real good place for us.’

If Liverpool maintain the form they have shown in recent weeks until May, they may yet sneak a place in Europe. To achieve that goal, they would need to finish fifth in the Barclays Premier League and defender Jose Enrique says beating Tottenham helped the squad clear a mental block.

Aiming high: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers wants the club to challenge for the Champions League

Aiming high: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers wants the club to challenge for the Champions League

'I didn't think we would win the game when Tottenham scored their second goal,’ said Enrique. ‘It is difficult to win these games. The statistics speak for themselves, look at how we have done against the top six teams this season.

'Of course, you always try to win every game, but in terms of our mentality we hadn't had good experiences of this type when we've been losing. But the team worked very hard and this is the important thing because when the team stick together you can see the results.’

Roberto Mancini says Manchester City are still in the title race

'We can recover': Mancini says City still in the title race despite the cavernous nine point gap between them and United

By
Paul Collins

PUBLISHED:

19:15 GMT, 3 February 2013

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UPDATED:

19:17 GMT, 3 February 2013

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini insisted the Barclays Premier League title race was not over after his team's 2-2 draw with Liverpool this afternoon.

The result at the Etihad Stadium leaves second-placed City nine points adrift of leaders Manchester United.

Acute: Sergio Aguero (right) scored the equaliser in the 2-2 draw from the tightest of angles

Acute: Sergio Aguero (right) scored the equaliser in the 2-2 draw from the tightest of angles

And following the contest, Mancini told Sky Sports 1: 'There are still 13 games until the end.

'No, (it is not over) – I think we can recover nine points.'

Edin Dzeko put the hosts in front before strikes from Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard to made it 2-1 to Liverpool.

Sergio Aguero then equalised in the 78th minute, capitalising superbly on an error by Reds goalkeeper Jose Reina.

It's not over: Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini (pictured) insisted the title race is not over, despite sitting nine points behind neighbours Manchester United

It's not over: Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini (pictured) insisted the title race is not over, despite sitting nine points behind neighbours Manchester United

Mancini felt aggrieved that play had not stopped in the build-up to Sturridge's goal after Dzeko was challenged by Daniel Agger.

He said: 'I think Liverpool played a good game. We conceded two goals, stupid goals for me.

'But before the first goal there was a big foul – if it had happened with us, probably there would have been a red card.

In the lead: City did go 1-0 up through an Edin Dzeko (pictured) goal

In the lead: City did go 1-0 up through an Edin Dzeko (pictured) goal

'Instead, the referee and linesman did not see anything. In the end, though, I think it was the right result.'

Asked if he felt Liverpool should have put the ball out when Dzeko was left on the turf by Agger, Mancini said: 'Probably, because after this foul I think there were several seconds (before the goal).

'I think so, but this can happen. I think it was a foul and should have been a yellow card. The rules are the same for everyone always.'

Liverpool fight back: Daniel Sturridge drew the Reds level with a strike from outside the box

Liverpool fight back: Daniel Sturridge drew the Reds level with a strike from outside the box…

...Before Steven Gerrard (right) put Liverpool into the lead with a beautiful half-volley that flew beyond Joe Hart

…Before Steven Gerrard (right) put Liverpool into the lead with a beautiful half-volley that flew beyond Joe Hart

Michael Carrick, Daniel Sturridge and Jermain Defoe injured for England v Brazil

Triple injury blow for Hodgson with Carrick, Defoe and Sturridge out of Brazil clash

By
Rik Sharma

PUBLISHED:

19:19 GMT, 3 February 2013

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UPDATED:

19:19 GMT, 3 February 2013

Roy Hodgson has been hit with three injury problems ahead of England's friendly with Brazil at Wembley on Wednesday.

Michael Carrick, Daniel Sturridge and Jermain Defoe are all set to withdraw from the squad and miss the game after picking up problems during domestic fixtures this weekend.

Sturridge is suffering from a thigh problem which he sustained just before half-time in Liverpool's clash with Manchester City on Sunday night.

Blow: Daniel Sturridge will miss the prestige friendly against Brazil

Blow: Daniel Sturridge will miss the prestige friendly against Brazil

Withdrawal: Michael Carrick will also be out of Roy Hodgson's squad

Withdrawal: Michael Carrick will also be out of Roy Hodgson's squad

The Reds January signing excelled, scoring with a rifled shot which flashed past his countryman Joe Hart.

Manchester United midfielder Carrick is also unavailable, for an as yet unspecified injury.

Defoe picked up an ankle injury in the clash between West Brom and Tottenham at the Hawthorns on Sunday lunchtime in a challenge with Shane Long.

The striker hobbled off in obvious distress and will undergo further tests to determine the severity of the injury.

Agony: Defoe injured his ankle and could be out for up to three weeks

Agony: Defoe injured his ankle and could be out for up to three weeks

Another injury problem has afflicted Brazil legend Pele, who was set to watch the match but will not make the trip to England because of a hip injury.

'I'd like to send my sincere apologies,' Pele said.

'I will come visit England soon, and I also look forward to seeing all of you next summer here in Brazil [for the World Cup].

'I would like to wish The FA a very happy 150th anniversary.'

Problems: Roy Hodgson (right) will consider some new options for his squad following the injuries

Problems: Roy Hodgson (right) will consider some new options for his squad following the injuries

Daniel Sturridge must deliver, says Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard

Sturridge must deliver NOW, says Gerrard after Liverpool snap up 12m striker

By
Carl Markham, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

11:41 GMT, 3 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:21 GMT, 3 January 2013

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard insists there can be no excuses from new signing Daniel Sturridge after his 12million arrival at Anfield.

The 23-year-old is already on his third major club, having left Manchester City to join Chelsea.

But he flourished at neither and that has raised questions about everything from his quality to his temperament.

Down to business: Daniel Sturridge trained with his Liverpool team-mates on Thursday

Down to business: Daniel Sturridge trained with his Liverpool team-mates on Thursday

Breather: Sturridge takes a break from Thursday's session at Melwood

Sturridge is likely to get more of a chance under Brendan Rodgers than he had at his previous employer but Gerrard said, at some point, the player had to realise his situation and turn potential into regular goals.

'Daniel has the quality. I know he's got it – I've seen it,' said the England captain.

'He's suffered a bit at Manchester City and moved on to Chelsea where he hasn't played as much as he wanted but has shown flashes of brilliance.

Getting shirty: Sturridge signs Liverpool tops out and about in the city centre

Getting shirty: Sturridge signs Liverpool tops out and about in the city centre

Getting shirty: Sturridge signs Liverpool tops out and about in the city centre

'I think he's at the age now when he needs to settle down, get a settled club and show consistently what qualities he's got.

'If he can start producing that for us on a weekly basis he can help this club move forward to where we want to be.

'He has said he wants to play football for a big club, the stage is set for him.

This is Anfield: Daniel Sturridge watched Liverpool beat Sunderland after signing

This is Anfield: Daniel Sturridge watched Liverpool beat Sunderland after signing

On the dotted line: Striker Sturridge put pen to paper at Melwood

On the dotted line: Striker Sturridge put pen to paper at Melwood

'There will be no excuses for him. He will be playing with good players at a great club.

'It's all there for him. He just has
to go and grasp it with both hands. He's at an age now where he should
be performing week in week out.'

Sturridge is likely to be Rodgers' main signing of the January window
and has been brought in to offer support to leading scorer Luis Suarez.

The
Uruguay international's hot run of form shows no signs of abating as
two goals in the 3-0 win over Sunderland took him to 15 in the Premier
League so far.

Challenge: Steven Gerrard wants to see Sturridge make his mark with the Reds

Challenge: Steven Gerrard wants to see Sturridge make his mark with the Reds

But with fellow forward Fabio Borini edging closer to a first-team return Gerrard believes the addition of Sturridge also will improve their hopes of a top-four challenge.

'Daniel's arrival will help the club. He's got power, pace, strength – he has got huge potential,' added the midfielder.

'He's another attacking option and if
you look at the bigger picture from the beginning of the season up
until now, we have been a little bit short in the final third.

'He
will add more strength in depth for us and let's hope he's not the last
face in January because we certainly need a couple more in.'

Man of the moment: Luis Suarez is on fire with 15 Premier League goals

Man of the moment: Luis Suarez is on fire with 15 Premier League goals

Suarez lit up Anfield with his two goals, after 18-year-old Raheem Sterling had opened the scoring, and Gerrard admits his team-mate is one of the best around at the moment as he trails Manchester United's Robin van Persie (16) by one in the Premier League top scorers chart.

'He's just world class. There are a handful of players in the world who operate on a different level and he is one of them,' he said.

'He can score all types of goals. I was looking in the programme at his goal record: for someone who the critics say doesn't score enough, just have a look at his record (Suarez has scored 31 in 64 league games).'

Premier League transfers – January 2013

January transfer window 2013: Club-by-club guide to all the Premier League deals

PUBLISHED:

18:09 GMT, 2 January 2013

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UPDATED:

18:12 GMT, 3 January 2013

Keep track of all the latest transfers this January with our club-by-club guide…

Dan's the man: Liverpool paid Chelsea 12million to take striker Daniel Sturridge to Anfield

Dan's the man: Liverpool paid Chelsea 12million to take striker Daniel Sturridge to Anfield

ARSENAL

IN

NONE

OUT

NONE

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ASTON
VILLA

IN

NONE

OUT

NONE

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CHELSEA

IN

NONE

OUT

Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool, 12m)

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IN

NONE

OUT

NONE

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FULHAM

IN

NONE

OUT

NONE

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IN

Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea, 12m)

OUT

NONE

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MANCHESTER
CITY

IN

NONE

OUT

NONE

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UNITED

IN

NONE

OUT

Joshua King (Blackburn, 1m), Angelo Henriquez (Wigan, loan)

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NEWCASTLE

IN

NONE

OUT

NONE

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IN

NONE

OUT

NONE

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IN

NONE

OUT

Michael Harriman (Wycombe, loan)

Click here for all the latest QPR transfer news READING

IN

Daniel Carrico (Sporting Lisbon, 500,000)

OUT

NONE

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SOUTHAMPTON

IN

NONE

OUT

NONE

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IN

NONE

OUT

Danny Higginbotham (Sheffield United, free)

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IN

NONE

OUT

NONE

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SWANSEA

IN

NONE

OUT

NONE

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IN

Zeki Fryers (Standard Liege, undisclosed)

OUT

Carlo Cudicini (LA Galaxy, free)

Click here for the latest Tottenham transfer news WEST
BROMWICH

IN

NONE

OUT

Chris Wood (Leicester, 1.5m)

Click here for the latest West Bromwich transfer news WEST HAM
IN

Sean Maguire (Waterford United, undisclosed)

OUT

NONE

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IN

Roger Espinoza (Sporting Kansas City, free), Angelo Henriquez (Manchester United, loan)

OUT

NONE

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Liverpool loan move for David Villa rejected by Barcelona

Cough up if you want Villa! Bold Liverpool loan move rejected as Barca hold out for 16m

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UPDATED:

13:34 GMT, 31 December 2012

Liverpool have been rebuffed in a bold attempt to take Barcelona striker David Villa on loan.

The 31-year-old is frustrated at the Nou Camp due to his lack of game time and is keen to come to England.

However, Barcelona will not entertain the idea of letting the Spain international go out on loan and will only consider a bumper transfer offer to sell in this window.

Hotshot: But David Villa has found opportunities hard to come by at Barca this term

Hotshot: David Villa has found opportunities hard to come by at Barca this term but his goalscoring record with both the Catalan giants and Spain is exceptional

David Villa

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has already agreed a deal with Chelsea for Daniel Sturridge and is advanced with talks over a move for Thomas Ince. However, that deal has dragged because Blackpool want 6million for a player they bought from Liverpool for 250,000 18 months ago.

Villa was seen as a player of quality and experience who could share the burden with Luis Suarez and fit into Rodgers' ideal 4-3-3 formation having also played on the left for Barcelona and Spain.

Brendan Rodgers

Lone furrow: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers (above) is in the market to
bring in some support up front for Luis Suarez (below), despite his two goals against QPR

Luis Suarez

The move would have been an exception to Liverpool's normal guidelines with the club reluctant to bring in players who are over the age of 24.

Arsenal were interested in Villa but are reluctant to become embroiled in another bidding war with Barcelona having been told the price would be at least 16m.

Chelsea have been sounded out also but Rafa Benitez is unlikely to move for Villa with other options still ahead of him, despite the breakdown in the move for Demba Ba.

Villa has made 17 appearances for Barca this season and scored five goals. However, he would also be cup-tied in Europe having figured against Spartak Moscow, Celtic and Benfica in the Champions League.

Chelsea to launch 16m swoop for Alvaro Negredo

Chelsea plan 16m raid to make hitman Negredo the latest member of their Spanish Armada

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UPDATED:

00:35 GMT, 29 December 2012

Alvaro Negredo has been offered to Chelsea as they begin the search for another striker to provide support Fernando Torres.

The Sevilla forward is being hawked around Europe for 16million, but is just one of a number of names on Rafa Benitez’s wish-list.

The interim Chelsea coach has been assured by technical director Michael Emenalo that reinforcements will be brought in during the January window.

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Hotshot: Alvaro Negredo is a prime target for Rafa Benitez

Hotshot: Alvaro Negredo is a prime target for Rafa Benitez

Although Benitez and owner Roman Abramovich are delighted with Torres’ progress over the last few weeks, Chelsea want to add to their attacking options.

Negredo was a target for Benitez when he was at Liverpool. He has an impressive goalscoring record and has made an impact with Spain’s national team, and the valuation of the 27-year-old will not be a problem for a club of Chelsea’s resources.

They are about to offload Daniel Sturridge to Liverpool for a similar fee and will use the money to reinvest.

In form: Fernando Torres could soon by joined by another Spaniard

In form: Fernando Torres could soon by joined by another Spaniard

Chelsea have discussed recalling Romelu Lukaku from West Bromwich after his sparkling form for Steve Clarke’s side.

Lukaku is on a seasonlong loan at The Hawthorns, but Chelsea have an option to bring him back in January.

Despite the temptation, it is understood that Benitez and Chelsea’s technical staff believe it would be more beneficial to leave him with the Baggies until the summer so he can gain more top flight experience.

Discussions: Chelsea have thought about bringing back Romelu Lukaku from West Brom but believe it would be more beneficial to leave him at The Hawthorns

Discussions: Chelsea have thought about bringing back Romelu Lukaku from West Brom but believe it would be more beneficial to leave him at The Hawthorns

Lukaku became increasingly frustrated about his lack of first-team chances at Stamford Bridge after joining from Anderlecht in 2011 and the striker, 19, wants to remain with West Brom.

Chelsea also hope to sign Metalist Kharkiv’s attacking midfielder Taison next month.

The move for the 24-year-old Brazilian is complicated because he has not been capped at senior level, but Chelsea are convinced he can get a work permit based on ‘special talent’.

WHO IS NEGREDO

With Chelsea likely to be challenging on four fronts at home and abroad in the New Year, manager Rafael Benitez needs a frontman with a proven goalscoring record – and Alvaro Negredo could be just the man.

Since leaving Real Madrid in 2007 after failing to break into the first team, Negredo has been a proven goalscorer first at Almeria, where he notched 32 in 73 appearances, and now Sevilla.

In his four seasons at the latter, he has managed 65 goals in 150 games across all competitions, including 11 in 12 so far this season.

Born in Madrid in 1985, Negredo started out at local side Rayo Vallecano, the same outfit that Swansea's sensation Michu played for.

Proven: Accomplished both on the ground and in the air, Alvaro Negredo has scored plenty of goals for Rayo Vallecano, Real Madrid Castilla, Almeria and Sevilla

Proven: Accomplished both on the ground and in the air, Alvaro Negredo has scored plenty of goals for Rayo Vallecano, Real Madrid Castilla, Almeria and Sevilla

He was spotted by Real while playing for Rayo in the third division in 2005 and competed with Roberto Soldado for the striker's position in the Castilla ('B') side.

Fabio Capello realised his talent after Negredo scored 18 goals for Castilla in 2006-2007, but he wouldn't make a senior appearance at the Bernabeu.

After his two successful years with Almeria, Real bizarrely activated his 3m buy-back clause in 2009, but only fielded him in one pre-season game before selling him to Sevilla for 12m.

He won the Copa del Rey in his first season with the club and, following the departures of Luis Fabiano and Freddy Kanoute, became their first choice striker alongside Jesus Navas.

Energetic, quick and an accomplished finisher both on the ground and in the air, Negredo has also been recognised by national team manager Vicente del Bosque.

He has to date won 12 caps and scored six goals though he lies behind David Villa and potential Chelsea strike partner Fernando Torres in the pecking order.

VIDEO: Some of Negredo's goals for Sevilla

Radamel Falcao, Chelsea target, to stay at Atletico Madrid until end of season

I'm going nowhere: Chelsea target Falcao to remain in Spain until end of season

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UPDATED:

15:41 GMT, 27 December 2012

Chelsea have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao as he has indicated he wants to remain in Spain until the end of the season.

The 26-year-old Colombian striker is grateful to club president Enrique Cerezo for making him feel valued at the club by showing his determination to keep him.

Roman Abramovich was willing to pay the 48million needed to procure the striker from the Spanish capital but he is enjoying his time at the Estadio Vicente Calderon.

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Staying put: Falcao wants to remain in Madrid until the summer

Staying put: Falcao wants to remain in Madrid until the summer

Award: Falcao spent Boxing Day in his native Columbia as he received an Excellent Citizen Award from Colombian Police General Director Jose Leon in Bogota

Award: Falcao spent Boxing Day in his native Columbia as he received an Excellent Citizen Award from Colombian Police General Director Jose Leon in Bogota

Colombian Chief General Jose Leon Riano applauds

Colombia's soccer player Radamel Falcao speaks after being awarded the Excellent Citizen Award

Colombia's soccer player Radamel Falcao smiles after receiving the Excellent Citizen Award

Falcao told reporters: ‘I recognise the great effort Enrique Cerezo has made for me to stay at the club.

‘And thank goodness our sporting results have been positive. We expect that to remain so until the end of the season.’

Difficulties in pursuing Falcao means Chelsea have been considering other options, including Barcelona striker David Villa.

The Blues will try to bring him on loan to Stamford Bridge as manager Rafael Benitez believes he will complement Fernando Torres.

Torres is the only striker Chelsea have left, given that Daniel Sturridge is leaving for 12m to Liverpool.

Going it alone: Torres will be Chelsea's only recognised striker when Sturridge leaves for Liverpool

Going it alone: Torres will be Chelsea's only recognised striker when Sturridge leaves for Liverpool