Charnley rules out Benfica swoop

Last Updated: Tue, 08 Apr 2014 12:24

Newcastle are targeting Benfica's Oscar Cardozo, but a move is unlikely if new managing director Lee Charnley is to be believed.

The Magpies will need at least one new striker in the summer as doubts surround the future of Papiss Cisse and Loic Remy, and reports have suggested Cardozo is a target.

The Paraguay ace has been with Benfica since 2007 and has fired home 170 goals in 282 appearances for the Portuguese giants. Cardozo's agent has hinted the striker could go in search of a fresh challenge in the summer and Newcastle are among the clubs who are said to be interested.

However it remains to be seen if the Magpies will make a move as Charnley claims they will only sign players who have their best years ahead of them, and at 30, Cardozo is heading into the latter stages of his career.

"Our transfer policy and strategy is very clear and will remain unchanged," he said. "We will focus on identifying and recruiting young players whose best years are ahead of them, which in nearly all cases means players in their early to mid-20s and not beyond."

If that is the case Cardozo will not be arriving in the summer.

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