Former Man City striker Alvaro Negredo is on the verge of securing a loan move to Premier League new boys Middlesbrough, according to reports.
The Spaniard has endured a tough time since leaving the Etihad, being completely frozen out at Valencia by former coach Nuno Espirito Santo.
Now The Mirror reports Aitor Karanka is prepared to offer the 30-year-old an escape route back to the Premier League.
Chairman Steve Gibson is willing to pay the entirety of Negredo’s £100,000 per week salary to entice him to Teesside for the season.
The big centre forward – nicknamed The Beast – spent one year at Man City following a £16million move from Sevilla and started out brightly.
However a loss of form in the second half of the 2013-14 season saw him slip down the pecking order and he ended his solitary Premier League season with just 9 goals.
He then left for Valencia where he has since struggled to regain the form that earned him his first Premier League switch.
Aitor Karanka has signed plenty of Spanish compatriots during his time at Middlesbrough and this shows no signs of stopping following the eye catching arrival of ex-Barcelona and Man Utd goalkeeper Victor Valdes.