There is news from Sky Sports this morning that Newcastle United may be interested in Benfica striker Oscar Cardozo.
Cardozo was Benfica’s hero in the recent UEFA Champions League victory over Celtic and it would appear his good performances have not gone unnoticed.
Newcastle, who now have a world-wide scouting team in place under Big Sam, have reportedly had the 24-year-old watched twice over the last few weeks, and the Newcastle scouts have sent Sam Allardyce some very favorable reports on the player.
Oscar Cardozo – 24 year-old Paraguay International has created lots of interest while at Benfica
Newcastle already have good strikers like Michael Owen, Obafemi Martins, Mark Viduka and Shola Ameobi vying for the two striking spots, but there is a view on Tyneside that another big striker is needed to support Mark Viduka in that role.
Cardozo fits the bill. He is a 6â€™5â€ striker from Paraguay and only joined Benfica from Newell’s Old Boys this year after making an electric start to the season in Argentina. Cardozo was voted the 2006 winner of the Paraguayan Footballer of the Year award.
The Paraguayan international started the 2007 season brilliantly and notched up 10 goals for Newell’s Old Boys and was crucial in the team escaping from the bottom of the league in Argentina. His recent success earned him a spot in the Paraguay national team that took part in the 2007 Copa America.
In June of this year Cardozo officially signed for Portuguese giants, SL Benfica, for an approximate amount of Â£6M, for 80% of his playing rights. This made Cardozo the second most expensive signing in the club’s history, only surpassed by former team star and captain, SimÃ£o Sabrosa, for whom Benfica paid Â£9M in 2001.
Cardozo has a phenomenal goal scoring record. He played 63 times for Club Nacional (Paraguay First Division) and scored 27 goals. He played 33 times for Newell’s (Argentina First Division) and scored 22 goals. He has scored 2 goals in 5 appearances for Benfica and so, in 101 first class games, he has scored 51 times. Not too shabby.
The reported interest in Cardozo from Newcastle United does not surprise his agent, Pedro Adage. (surprise, surprise). Adage accepts the Portuguese giants could be ready to cash in on their Â£6M rated hit-man. Adage told the Sun newspaper today:
“This is not a surprise,” “Benfica know they have a big player on their hands and could make money.”
Newcastle would seem to need another big striker in January and maybe Cardozo could be the ticket. What do you think? Let us know.
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