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Tottenham Rival Cardiff City For Portuguese International Striker Nelson Oliveira

White Hart Lane side battle Bluebirds for young Benfica forward.

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Cardiff City face a battle with Tottenham for the signing of Benfica forward Nelson Oliveira, writes the Daily Mirror.

The Portuguese club are willing to let go of the forward on an initial season-long loan deal, with both clubs ready to pay the required £1million loan fee, which would include an option to buy next summer for £6million.

Having fallen out with the club, the 21-year old Portuguese striker is searching for a new club, with Cardiff holding the most interest in him. Having already added highly-rated Danish attacker Andreas Cornellius from FC Copenhagen for a club-record £8million, manager Malky Mackay is looking for that extra firepower up top to consolidate their Premier League status.

Tottenham are also keen on the want-away forward as they build a squad which will contend for the Champions League places. With only the inconsistent duo of Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor as their main attacking options, Andre Villas-Boas see’s Oliveira as a great addition. The aforementioned strikers, as well as versatile attacker Clint Dempsey, are all available this summer for the right price.

Spurs are keen to bring in attacking weapons this summer, and have identified Atletico Mineiro’s Bernard and Valencia’s Roberto Soldado as top targets. The Brazilian side are demanding £21.5million for their prized asset, who is also a target for Liverpool and Arsenal, while Spanish forward Soldado will not come cheap either, after seeing a £15million bid turned down.

Cardiff are also tracking Sunderland’s Jack Colback, and are readying a £2million offer for the midfielder, as well as Huddersfield full-back Jack Hunt, who is a £3million target for both the Blue Birds and Swansea.


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