Manchester City put brakes on striker switch

Manchester City have put the brakes on Roque Santa Cruz’s potential loan to move to former club Blackburn, just as the striker seemed set to end his nightmare stay at Eastlands.

The 29 year-old Paraguay international is a signing left-over from Mark Hughes’ reign at City and has played less than 700 minutes of Premier League football since 2009, scoring only three goals. It is a far cry from his 19 goal break through season for Blackburn in 07/08 that prompted Manchester City to pay £17.5 million for his services.

After a loan move to Lazio fell through in the summer, Blackburn were hoping that they could arrange a temporary return for the Santa Cruz in January through to the end of the season. However, City are desperate for the player to leave and are now reluctant to let Santa Cruz go on loan to Ewood Park unless they receive assurances that Rovers will buy him permanently at the end of the season.

Blackburn boss Steve Kean though is thought to be reluctant to commit to buying the player who has been so out of form at Manchester City for the last two seasons. However, Blackburn’s six strikers have only managed a meagre 12 goals between them so far this season and it is an area that Kean knows he must strengthen if Rovers are to comtinue their good form over Christmas.

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