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Benfica ace could be Toon target according to reports

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The agent of Benfica striker Oscar Cardozo has conceded he is not surprised to learn of reported interest from Newcastle in his client.

Cardozo was Benfica's hero in the recent UEFA Champions League victory over Celtic and it would appear his performance has not gone unnoticed elsewhere.

It has been reported that Newcastle have had the 24-year-old watched twice over the past month and Sam Allardyce has received favourable reports.

Given Newcastle already have the likes of Michael Owen, Obafemi Martins, Mark Viduka and Shola Ameobi vying for striking spots, such speculation seems surprising, but not to Cardozo's agent, Pedro Aldave.

On the contrary, Aldave accepts the Portuguese giants could be ready to cash in on the £6million rated hit-man.

"This is not a surprise," he told The Sun. "Benfica know they have a big player on their hands and could make money."