Rovers close on Bayern ace

27 July 2007 10:57
Blackburn Rovers boss Mark Hughes is upbeat about the possibility of signing Bayern Munich striker Roque Santa Cruz in the next few days. The 25-year-old Paraguay international has been told he can leave Bayern this summer, with both Rovers and Manchester City keen on the South American ace. Hughes said: "We are very hopeful something may happen in that respect. Maybe in the next 24 hours a deal could be concluded if the price is right. "What we don't have is a real threat in the air and that is something we are looking to address. "Santa Cruz is a young player, an international with a good reputation who is playing at a top European club. "We've had some positive indications from his people and hopefully something will happen. "The good thing from our point of view is that his fitness levels are fine as he has been playing in the Copa America." Santa Cruz has been with Bayern for nearly eight years, while he has scored 16 goals in 46 outings for Paraguay, including a hat-trick against Colombia in the recent Copa America.

Source: ESA