Sam Allardyce keen on Roque Santa Cruz

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Blackburn Rovers manager Sam Allardyce has suggested he would be interested in bringing Roque Santa Cruz back to the club, should he be available for transfer from Manchester City in the New Year.

The Paraguay striker has failed to make a telling impact at Eastlands since moving to be reunited with former Rovers boss Mark Hughes in June 2009.

But Allardyce insists no move has yet been made for the 29-year-old.

"All I said was if Roque was available we would be interested," he said.

"There has been no progress on it. In the next seven to ten days I will speak to the chairman about the way we go forward in January."

Meanwhile, full-back Pascal Chimbonda has been told he can find a new club in January after Allardyce confirmed his contract, which expires in the summer, will not be renewed.

"We are not going to renew his contract," he added.

"His determination is to find a new contract and we feel for both concerned it is better to let him see what he can get in January."

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