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Leicester City interested in signing Oscar Cardozo

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Newly-promoted Premier League side Leicester City are keen to bolster their attack by signing Oscar Cardozo.

According to reports in The Daily Mail, the Benfica striker has admitted he could move on this summer, and Leicester are interested in bringing him to the Premier League.

The move would come at a cost for Leicester, with Benfica reportedly wanting £12million for the services of the Paraguayan striker.

Luckily for manager Nigel Pearson, the club's Thai owners stated in May that they would be willing to invest £180 million into the squad over the next three years.

The aim is to establish the Foxes in the upper echelons of the league, and signing a striker of Cardozo's pedigree would go a long way to achieving that goal.

The 31-year-old brings bags of experience at the highest level, having spent seven seasons at Benfica.

During that time he's won two league titles, played regular Champions League football and gained two Europa League runners-up medals.

The powerful striker has also featured 49 times for his country, and was part of the squad that travelled to the 2010 World Cup.

However, last season was somewhat of a disappointment for Cardozo as he lost his starting place to Lima and Rodrigo and only managed seven Primeira Liga goals.

Things went from bad to worse for Cardozo in the Europa League final when, having come on as a second-half substitute, he missed a spot kick in the penalty shoot-out which would see the club lose the final for the second consecutive season.

This was in stark contrast to the previous season, when he netted 26 times in the league and in Europe and scored from the spot during normal time of the 2-1 Europa League final defeat to Chelsea.

After that defeat, the Paraguay international suggested his time in Portugal was coming to an end, citing a lack of motivation, but having remained at Estadio da Luz for the duration of the 2013/2014 season, it seems he'll finally say his goodbyes to the Benfica faithful this summer.

This time last year Spartak Moscow and Zenit St Petersburg were said to be keen on acquiring Cardozo, and Leicester may have to fight off more Russian interest if they're to get their man.

The Daily Mail suggest both Lokomotiv Moscow and Rubin Kazan could compete for his signature, with Benfica officials due in London this week to talk to interested clubs.

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