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Liverpool Consider Shock Move for £9m Premier League Benchwarmer: Hodgson Keen On Roque Santa Cruz

by Mr Neutral

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Anfield boss wants Eastlands forward.

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JOHANNESBURG, July 4, 2010 Roque Santa Cruz of Paraguay reacts after missing a chance on goal during the 2010 World Cup quarter-final soccer match against Spain at Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, on July 3, 2010. Spain won 1-0 and is qualified for the semi-finals.

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is rumoured to be considering a move for Manchester City Striker Roque Santa Cruz and hope that Roberto Mancini’s need to trim his squad before the end of the month will make the Eastlands boss accept cut price offers for the Paraguayan.

Hodgson is looking to bring in extra attacking options and believes the former Blackburn Rovers forward has enough quality to force his way into the Anfield line up as a possible foil for Fernando Torres. The arrival today of Mario Balotelli pushes Santa Cruz even further down the pecking order and could leave the 28 year old missing out on the club’s 25 man Premier League squad.

Last term the powerfully built front man only managed six Premier League starts and is going to find it hard to improve on that total this time around. The forward arrived last summer for a fee of £17.5m but Mancini could be willing to offload Santa Cruz for half that fee as he looks to seal a quick sale.

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