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Santa Cruz hints at Man City move

Roque Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz has scored 25 times for Blackburn since joining in 2007

Blackburn striker Roque Santa Cruz has revealed he would relish the chance to join Manchester City should former boss Mark Hughes bid for him in January.

The 27-year-old Paraguay international was brought to Ewood Park by Hughes before the Welshman left for City.

And he admits he would rejoin Hughes, saying: "City is a team with very important financial support.

"I am happy at Rovers but I like the idea of playing for a team that will be fighting for important objectives."

City are expected to launch a number of multi-million pound moves when the next transfer window opens in January, backed by billionaire new owners the Abu Dhabi United Group.

Ace of spies

Santa Cruz was the subject of an unsuccessful bid from City in the summer, thought to be around 12m, and Hughes's 32.5m signing of Brazilian Robhino from Real Madrid on 1 September appears to have tempted the striker into considering a move.

"I will keep on doing what I do at Blackburn but if the coach of Manchester City is interested in me, I would like to join Robinho in that team. He is a wonderful player and I would like to play next to him."

Santa Cruz has scored 25 times for Blackburn in all competitions since joining from Bayern Munich for 3.8m in 2007.

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