Man City close in on �15m Santa Cruz

MANCHESTER City were last night closing in on a deal for Blackburn striker Roque Santa Cruz. (The Sun)City are unwilling to meet the �20million clause which would trigger his release, but a fee of �15m with more to follow if he proves a success should be enough to see him rejoin his former boss Mark Hughes.

MANCHESTER City were last night closing in on a deal for Blackburn striker Roque Santa Cruz. (The Sun)

City are unwilling to meet the �20million clause which would trigger his release, but a fee of �15m with more to follow if he proves a success should be enough to see him rejoin his former boss Mark Hughes.

A senior Rovers source said: “Talks between the clubs are ongoing but we're not a long way apart now. If he's going to go we want it done quickly.”

The 27-year-old Paraguayan target man has been continually linked away from Blackburn having scored 23 goals in 57 appearances since arriving at Ewood Park from Bayern Munich in a �3.5m deal in 2007.

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