With just club-record signing Andy Carroll and Modibo Maiga the only recognised strikers on the Upton Park books, Sam Allardyce is desperate to bring in a forward who can help chip in with goals in the Premier League this season.
Allardyce has been in the market for a striker all summer but has been left frustrated with targets moving elsewhere or failing medicals.
And it now appears Benfica’s Oscar Cardozo could slip through the net as well, with Barcelona reportedly interested in the 30-year-old Paraguay international.
Zenit St Petersburg and Lyon are both also thought to be interested in the £13million-rated hitman, but Barcelona’s interest could see them enter the race as favourites for his signature.
Despite adding Brazilian star Neymar to his strikeforce this summer, new Barcelona boss Tito Martino is hoping to bring in another forward to replace the departed David Villa, who joined Ateltico Madrid in July, and sees Cardozo as an ideal acquisition given his goal scoring record.
Cardozo has scored an impressive 105 goals in 160 Primeira Liga appearances since his €9million move from Newell’s Old Boys in 2007. The Paraguayan has been capped 46 times for his country, scoring nine goals.
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