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Man City fail in Santa Cruz bid

Roque Santa Cruz
Hughes brought Santa Cruz to Blackburn from Bayern Munich in 2007

Blackburn have rejected a bid in excess of 12m from Manchester City for striker Roque Santa Cruz.

City manager Mark Hughes said he is still keen to sign the 27-year-old Paraguay international, who signed a new contract at Rovers in August.

"We made a bid in the region of 12m in the summer and it (the new bid) is significantly higher than that."

Hughes also confirmed that City have had bids for Craig Bellamy and Scott Parker rejected by West Ham.

"It's documented that we made an enquiry about Bellamy as well (as Parker). We made a double bid and that was rejected - we haven't gone back to the table but we may well do."

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The City manager admitted that any deal for Santa Cruz rested on Blackburn being willing to negotiate.

"We have made an improved bid, a substantial bid for Roque Santa Cruz but it was rejected," said Hughes.

Hughes confirms Santa Cruz chase

"We still want to bring him to the club if we can but he is Blackburn's player and they don't want to deal at the level we have made a bid at. That is their prerogative."

Santa Cruz signed a new four-year deal with Blackburn in the summer but he told BBC Radio 5 Live last month that he would leave the club if a "better or an ambitious club" came in for him.

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see also
Man City to build slowly - Hughes
29 Dec 08 |  Man City
Allardyce holds Santa Cruz talks
23 Dec 08 |  Blackburn
Santa Cruz signs new Rovers deal
22 Aug 08 |  Blackburn
Clubs consider transfer options
02 Jan 09 |  Football


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