Benfica striker Oscar Cardozo turned down deadline day moves to Southampton and West Ham United, according to .
The Paraguayan has caught the eye of a whole host of top European clubs following some stellar performances in the Europa League in which his side narrowly lost to Chelsea.
Since moving to Portugal from Newell's Old Boys in 2007, the 30-year-old has been one of the most lethal strikers in the division, scoring 105 league goals from 165 appearances.
Cardozo isn't quite as prolific on the international stage, he has notched just nine goals in 46 appearances.
Southampton spent around £35 million in the window bringing in big names such as Pablo Osvaldo, Victor Wanyama and Dejan Lovren but it appears they were prepared to spend even more.
Sam Allardyce's search for a West Ham striker on Monday was well documented as he looks to cover his thin numbers up front having lost Andy Carroll to injury, he has had to turn to the player he released, Carton Cole.
They weren't the only clubs who looked to seal a deal for Cardozo, as a bid from Qatar was turned down and Turkish giants Fenerbahce were said to be interested and may return with a bid in the future.
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