Former Eastlands boss ready to help Mancini trim his squad whilst simultaneously boosting his Craven Cottage contingent.
Fulham have revived their interest in Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz and his teammate, goalkeeper Shay Given.
Paraguay striker Santa Cruz held talks with Italian club Lazio this week and was considering a move to Rome but his former manager Mark Hughes has stepped in and hopes to conclude a loan with a view to a permanent deal for the 28-year-old.
The Fulham boss is also keen to land keeper Given, who was left out of City’s line-up once again last night — and that could finally trigger Mark Schwarzer’s departure from Craven Cottage. (Daily Mail)
This would be quite a coup and would show the kind of intentions Fulham have in their post-Hodgson era. Mark Hughes is of course well aware of Shay Given’s abilities having been the City boss who brought the Irishman to Eastlands in the first place. Roberto Mancini is trying hard to avoid to selling any quality player to a team he considers a rival for a top four spot, hence the inability of Arsenal to snap up the 34 year old keeper.
Roque Santa Cruz is desperate for a move that will bring him the first team football he may well feel he deserves and it appears that Mancini is so keen to sell the Paraguayan that he is willing to take a big cut on the £17.5m paid to Blackburn last summer.
The pair would greatly enhance the west London club’s starting eleven and would help push them from solid top half side towards the top six. A move for Given would of course leave the door open for Mark Schwarzer to complete his long winded move to the Emirates.