West Ham United's summer transfer plans have taken a blow after Benfica striker Oscar Cardozo turned down a move to East London.
TalkSPORT cite reports in Portugal when claiming the Paraguayan striker has dismissed the possibility of joining the Hammers, but could still be on the move this summer.
Having spoken to his club, West Ham were reportedly encouraged to make a move for the prolific striker - with an £8million transfer fee discussed.
However, despite Benfica's willingness to part ways with the 31-year-old, it appears Cardozo has little interest in a move to the Premier League, with the radio station claiming a move to Russia could be on the cards.
Premier League interest
The news could also dampen the spirits of Premier League newcomers Leicester City, who were credited with an interest in the striker earlier this summer.
Despite Cardozo's apparent reluctance to move to England, a Primeira Liga striker could still be swapping Portugal for the Premier League.
Sporting Lisbon's Islam Slimani starred at the World Cup for Algeria, helping his country progress to the last 16 for the first time in their history, and his performances have attracted interest from a number of clubs.
West Ham were the first to make their interest known and had already failed in an attempt to bring the striker to England on a loan deal in January.
Stoke City and Newcastle have since joined the race to seal a permanent capture after the striker impressed in Brazil.
While West Ham may still pursue a deal for Slimani, they'll undoubtedly be disappointed in failing to land a striker of Cardozo's calibre.
Since moving to Benfica in 2007 the powerful front man has won two league titles as well as twice being crowned the Primeira Liga top goalscorer.
Last season he found his playing time limited due to the form of Rodrigo and Lima, but he still managed to find the net on 11 occasions.
Should he leave the Lisbon club this summer his final action in a Benfica shirt would have been taking a penalty in the Europa League final shoot-out.
Unfortunately his attempt was saved and he'd have to settle for a runners up medal for the second consecutive year having scored from the spot in the previous season's final when Chelsea defeated his side 2-1.
Despite looking like missing out on Cardozo's signature, West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has already had a busy summer, bringing in no fewer than four players.
Former Inter Milan and Lazio attacker Mauro Zarate was the first through the door and has been joined by midfielders Cheikhou Kouyaté and Diego Poyet and defender Aaron Cresswell.
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