Simon Grayson wants to bring experienced international to Elland Road.
Roque Santa Cruz is desperate to end his Manchester City misery according to his father and agent – with Leeds in the race for his signature.
Aproniano Santa Cruz gave an interview to Paraguayan newspaper ABC detailing his son’s desire to leave the Etihad Stadium and the clubs interested in the former Blackburn forward.
“He has a contract with City until June 2013 and is available to the club but it is up to them what they do,” Aproniano said.
“They are looking for another club for him because Roque wants to go to another team where he can have more chances to play.”
Cruz’s City career has been blighted by injuries that have forced him down the pecking order but interest in the former Bayern Munich man remains strong, with Championship teams being considered
“There are teams interested and if he had not had so many injuries there would be even more teams,” Santa Cruz senior added.
“The second division is very competitive in England, with powerful teams who were in the top division and have huge stadiums, like Leeds United, but the future will be decided by Manchester City.”
It may be fair to say that a part of Roque Santa Cruz must have wished he never joined Man City, admittedly not the part that carries his wallet, and now the 30 year old Paraguayan is desperate to secure a move to a team that can offer him regular first team football and a move to Elland Road may well suit all parties.
There is no doubting that when on his best form Santa Cruz could do a great job for Simon Grayson’s side and a lot would depend on how much Roberto Mancini is willing to accept for a player that cost the club a massive £17.5m two years ago.
The former Bayern Munich man hasn’t started a Premier League game for Man City since May 2010 and hasn’t scored a club goal for anyone in almost 18 months. His stint at Blackburn Rovers on loan last term didn’t go very well but that may have something to do with the striker’s lack of first team action.
Leeds United picked up their first Championship win on Tuesday and may well opt to bring in Roque Santa Cruz on a loan deal initially.