Ten European based hot-shots who could be on their way to the English top tier.
10. Oscar Cardozo (Benfica)
TuttoMercato claim that Liverpool are ready to make a €10m (£8m) offer for experienced Benfica forward Oscar Cardozo.
The Anfield side are reportedly looking to line up the Paraguayan as a strike partner for overworked Liverpool ace Luis Suarez and if Brendan Rodgers can pull off such a deal then he may well have the makings of a very able pairing up front.
The 29 year old forward has been netting consistently for Benfica ever since he moved to the Lisbon club in the summer of 2007 but has enjoyed something of a prickly relationship with the club’s fans who have on occasion targeted the former Newell’s Old Boys star for a fair bit of abuse.
Cardozo has scored 141 goals in 226 appearances for Benfica and has scored 11 in 12 matches this term so one wonders if Liverpool could succeed in persuading boss Jorge Jesus to consider offers for their star striker, especially one of just £8m, which in today’s market barely nets a club a lower league youngster.
Rodgers currently relies far too heavily on Luis Suarez for an end product, luckily for the Liverpool boss the Uruguayan has been in red-hot form this term scoring ten of the Merseyside club’s 19 Premier League goals this term.
Injured Italian Fabio Borini was brought in over the summer to support Suarez but prior being sidelined the former Roma man hadn’t impressed and highly rated teenager Adam Morgan is perhaps not ready for prolonged top tier action, hence the desperate need to invest in the Liverpool attack in the January transfer window.