Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay believes Benfica striker Oscar Cardozo would fit in well with the Premier League new boys.

Cardozo possesses an impeccable scoring record for the Portuguese club, netting 33 goals in 46 appearances last season.

The 6ft 4in Paraguay international has scored more than 100 goals during his Portugal stint and is hot property in the current transfer market.

Capped 46 times, Cardozo is known for his powerful left foot and is a constantly hungry to score goals. The two-time Paraguayan footballer of the year has also found his feet in European competitions, making him an attractive option for the Premier League clubs.

Cardozo was the top scorer during the 2009/10 Europa League campaign and played a crucial role in the club's second-place finish in the same competition this season.

The 30-year-old striker is rated highly by the Portuguese club, who are demanding in excess of £15m for his services. Manchester City were balking at the asking price for some time now while Cardiff City are prepared to test the Portuguese club's resolve with an opening offer.

Cardiff boss Mackay has a high opinion about the striker and he has made him a priority signing for their first season in Premier League.

Manchester City are in the lookout for a striker to replace Tevez, and Cardozo features in their plans along with more high-profile names such as Edinson Cavani and Roberto Lewandowski.

With the Manchester club undecided and working on the recruitment plan under new boss Manuel Pellegrini, Cardiff City are looking to march ahead in the race for his signature.

Cardozo has been looking to move abroad for some time now and the Premier League is most likely to be his destination for next season.

"I know all about the attributes of Cardozo," Mackay told Record. "I know exactly how he plays. I think he would suit our game and would be interesting for us."

Cardozo would be an excellent signing for the Bluebirds, but can they strike a deal?


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