Hughes remains in Santa hunt
Man City boss Mark Hughes has confirmed that he is still interested in signing Roque Santa Cruz.
By Peter Fraser
Last Updated: 23/01/09 4:01pm
Manchester City boss Mark Hughes has confirmed that he is still interested in bringing Roque Santa Cruz to Eastlands.
The Blackburn Rovers striker has already been the subject of three failed January bids from Hughes, who used to manage the player at Ewood Park.
Rovers chief Sam Allardyce does not want to sell Santa Cruz and has stated that he would prefer the Paraguayan to any cash raised from a possible sale.
Allardyce recently revealed that he has not received any contact from City since their failed trio of approaches, suggesting City had ended their pursuit, but Hughes insists he remains eager to secure the 27-year-old.
The Welshman told Sky Sports News: "It is well documented that we have put in a number of bids for Santa Cruz.
"He is a player I have worked with before and I think that he could help us.
"Obviously it has been going on for some time now and it is obviously Blackburn's prerogative to turn down any offer we make.
"We are trying to move that process forward."
However, Hughes - who has signed Craig Bellamy and Nigel de Jong as well as failing in a world-record bid for AC Milan star Kaka in the past week - acknowledges that if Rovers are unprepared to sell he will need to turn his attention elsewhere.
"If it happens we will be delighted, but if not we will have to move on and look at other targets," he concluded.