The La Liga side have stepped up their pursuit of out-of-favour Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz and hope to sort out aloan-deal before the January transfer window closes.
Cruz has struggled with form and injuries since his £17.5millionmove to Eastlands last summer and has fallen behind Carlos Tevez,Emmanuel Adebayor and Craig Bellamy in the City pecking order.
Winter move: Espanyol want Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz
The Paraguay international was held in high regard by former managerMark Hughes, who brought him to the Barclays Premier League as Blackburnmanager back in July 2007.
But new boss Mancini could be prepared to let the 28-year-old leaveEastlands, after scoring just three goals since his mega-bucks summermove.
And Cruz admitted a move away from City could be on the horizon: 'Myagents have received calls from other clubs asking about me,' Cruz said.
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