Everton could have been the home of Manchester City star Alvaro Negredo, it has been revealed. The Daily Mail says the prolific Spain striker could have been wearing the blue of Everton, rather than City, after former Goodison boss David Moyes despatched his transfer negotiators to Seville last January, with orders to bring him back to Merseyside.

The deal floundered when Everton officials arrived in Spain to find the asking price had soared from around £12million to nearly £18million, and the 28-year old ended up joining City, instead, in the summer.

Moyes also headed to Manchester, to replace Sir Alex Ferguson as manager of Manchester United, and was dismayed to discover United's scouting network in southern Spain had allowed their City counterparts to outmanoeuvre them for both Negredo and lightning-quick winger Jesus Navas.

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