Manchester City to offer £19 million for Roque Santa Cruz

27 January 2009 10:39
City have been courting Blackburn striker Santa Cruz ever since Mark Hughes left Rovers to take up the managerial reigns at Eastlands.[LNB]Bids of £12 million and £14m have been rejected out of hand by Blackburn, who are determined to hold on to their prize asset.[LNB]However, the Independent reports[LNB]that Hughes will return with an improved offer of £19m, hopeful that Blackburn will find it too hard to turn down.[LNB]Santa Cruz has spoken of his desire to work under Hughes again as City attempt to turn themselves into genuine title contenders.[LNB]However, much will depend on Sam Allardyce, and whether he can find a replacement. Reports have suggested that Allardyce flew to Spain recently to cast his eye over Racing Santander striker Nikola Zigic.[LNB]Blackburn had been interested in Austrian Marc Janko, but were put off by Salzburg's £10m asking price.[LNB]Rovers have also been linked with £7m-rated Standard Liege forward Milan Jovanovic.[LNB]Meanwhile, Toure remains firmly on City's radar, as Hughes desperately attempts to plug his leaky defence.[LNB]The Independent claims Arsenal have been blowing hot and cold over the Toure issue for several weeks, with City executive chairman, Garry Cook, not optimistic a deal can be done in time.[LNB]

Source: Telegraph