Man City fail in Santa Cruz move
Friday, 15 August 2008

Blackburn say they have rejected an undisclosed bid from Manchester City for striker Roque Santa Cruz, reports BBC.

The 26-year-old Paraguay international scored 23 goals last season and has also been linked with Manchester United and Arsenal.

"A bid came in and it was immediately rejected," said a Blackburn statement.

"Manchester City officials have been advised that the player would not be for sale and we are very disappointed they have continued their interest."

City boss Mark Hughes signed Santa Cruz from Bayern Munich year ago for around £3.5m, and it is thought he offered nearer £12m to try to lure him to Eastlands.

Hughes' plans for the new season suffered a blow on Tuesday when Darius Vassell was ruled out for 10 weeks with a knee injury.

With Jo, Benjani Mwaruwari and Valeri Bojinov also all missing, City could be forced to field teenagers Daniel Sturridge and Ched Evans in Saturday's Premier League opener against Aston Villa.

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