Liverpool handed 'major boost' in €21 million Torres partner chase

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Liverpool striker target Oscar Cardozo is reportedly available in January.

The Paraguayan international forward first appeared on the Anfield radar when Rafa Benitez was manager, and current Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is also thought to have a keen eye on the player.

27-year-old Cardozo has been prolific wherever he's played, and his goalscoring record for current club Benfica is superb, with 61 goals in 91 Portuguese Liga matches.

The player came to the attention of Liverpool fans last season, scoring three times in two matches against the club in the Europa League.

Portuguese publication Record states that Benfica are now willing to listen to offers for the player as they look to cash in on 'the bomber', with a valuation thought to be in the region of £18 million.

Liverpool boss Hodgson is keen to add striking additions to his Merseyside outfit, with an attacking foil to Fernando Torres thought to be the priority after the arrival of NESV as new owners at Anfield.

The Premier League giants have been linked with a string of strikers, and Hodgson is thought to have a wishlist of 'five or six' players at Liverpool.

Cardozo could be on that list, and the news that Benfica are willing to sell the player, who is also thought to be on the Manchester City radar, will come as a positive for Liverpool.

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