Liverpool to enter race for Santa Cruz

LIVERPOOL manager Rafa Benitez is eyeing up Blackburn's in-demand striker Roque Santa Cruz. (Daily Mirror)The Spanish boss has been handed a huge �30m transfer kitty this summer and could be ready to rival Manchester City for the Paraguayan centre forward.

LIVERPOOL manager Rafa Benitez is eyeing up Blackburn's in-demand striker Roque Santa Cruz. (Daily Mirror)

The Spanish boss has been handed a huge �30m transfer kitty this summer and could be ready to rival Manchester City for the Paraguayan centre forward.

Benitez is keeping close tabs on the 27-year-old to strengthen his strike force and to work as a possible foil for Fernando Torres.

City bid �20m for Santa Cruz in the summer and manager Mark Hughes wants him - but the Eastlands boss is under huge pressure himself.


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Liverpool have been scouting and reporting to Benitez on Santa Cruz who would prefer Champions League football to what City could offer him as Blackburn prepare to launch a big money auction this summer.

Benitez has already targeted Valencia's David Silva as a big-money buy but Santa Cruz is on his radar in what would be a major shock but shows the level of Liverpool's ambition.

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