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Fulham Lead Chase to Seal Signing Of £8m Manchester City Striker Roque Santa Cruz

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Fulham manager mark Hughes has set his sights on a January move for Roque Santa Cruz.
The striker has been told by Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini that he does not have a future at the club, making a move away inevitable.
Hughes signed the Paraguayan for Blackburn before taking to him to Eastlands after he was appointed City manager in 2008, but the player struggled with injuries and Hughes was later sacked.
The former Manchester United striker has already admitted to planning a number of moves in the winter transfer window and Santa Cruz could be top of his shopping list.
“I would always be interested in players of Roque Santa Cruz’s quality,” Hughes said.
“As it stands I am not aware that he is available but that might change.” (TalkSPORT)

In many ways Roque Santa Cruz has not been fairly treated by Manchester City. There seems little point in spending £17.5m on a player to then have him spend most of his time warming the bench, or in some cases not even making the first team squad. The Paraguayan has been described by some as a Eastlands flop, but that would imply he has had a chance to prove himself. In reality he has started six Premier League matches and scored three goals which is hardly a poor return.

A move to Fulham may well work out for all concerned. Mark Hughes is a boss who has made the most of the former Bayern Munich man during his successful stint at Blackburn Rovers. With Bobby Zamora out with long term injury a move for the 29 year old is even more sensible.

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