Hammers will need to sell first in order to finance the big-money purchase of Paraguay attacker.
West Ham United are still planning on making an ambitious move to sign prolific Benfica front man Oscar Cardozo this summer, according to reports in the Sun.
Hammers head coach Sam Allardyce is understood to have been keeping close tabs on the experienced Paraguay international for some time now, with a view to bringing the striker to Upton Park this season to form a partnership up front with recent club-record signing Andy Carroll.
However, Allardyce has been told by the club’s owners that he must first offload a number of unwanted first-team players from the wage bill in order to free up the funds to enable the east London side to purchase the 30-year-old from the Portuguese giants.
Cardozo, who has a contract in the Portuguese capital that runs until June 30 2016, has been with Benfica since June 2007, when he arrived at the club from Argentinian outfit Newell’s Old Boys for a then club-record fee of 9.2 million euros.
And in the intervening six-year period, the tall attacker has gone on to prove himself to be one of the most lethal finishers currently plying their trade on the Continent, with Cardozo having managed to find the back of the net on an impressive 161 occasions in just 260 matches in total.