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Silly Season Starts With Santa Cruz Signing

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The New Year is about to dawn and yes, we can officially say the 'silly season' starts with the expected signing of Blackburn Rovers striker, Roque Santa Cruz.

From now until the transfer window closes on 2 February Manchester City FC are going to be in the back pages of every newspaper, while Sky Sports News will be focusing on the club like never before.

City fans can expect at least four or five world-class signings beginning on 2 January when, as expected, Roque Santa Cruz signs for an estimated £18million.

On New Years Eve the Daily Mail published the following story...

'Manchester City will kick-start the January sales by agreeing a fee of £18million with Blackburn for striker Roque Santa Cruz in the next 24 hours.'

'Talks are at an advanced stage, with both clubs keen to complete the move quickly. City manager Mark Hughes is anxious to secure a player he signed for Blackburn from Bayern Munich for a bargain fee of £3.8m just 16 months ago...'

Yes, you've guessed it, the moment has arrived, and so has the 'silly season.'

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Writer: Tudor Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday December 31 2008

Time: 10:55AM

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Well, he can score goals, understands what MH wants up front (I hope) and has PL experience so ticks all the right boxes. Vassell, Benjani, Evans and Jo will have to up their game.
Johnny Baguette
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31/12/2008 11:04:00

Hughes will definitely be judged by the success of this signing, if it goes ahead. He's bought and worked with RSC before. If he's prepared to spend 18M then he must be convinced RSC is the man for the job. I'm a tad surprised, given RSC isn't scoring lots of goals at Blackburn. Let's hope Bluesy has got this one as right as he did with Vinny and Zabs. The number of six-yard-box chances City's midfield can create should guarantee at least 20 goals a season for the right striker.
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31/12/2008 12:51:00

I'm a bit worried that he is a one season wonder. He wasn't exactly a prolific scorer at his previous clubs and he is injury prone. 18m far too much to pay, nearer 10 would be more realisic.
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31/12/2008 15:05:00

the money wont matter if the results of spending it work out....
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31/12/2008 15:47:00

For him to be a success he needs supply into the box, we need people who can supply that and with the best respect to SWP, he is not exactly the best crosser of a ball.
Buzz Lightyear
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01/01/2009 01:18:00

18 million??? Wow, that must be loose change for you fellas. Why not do Blackburn a favour and throw 200 million at them?
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01/01/2009 07:50:00

SWP sucks at crossing. He's got superb pace and exploits it well. But yeah, he's not the best crosser.
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01/01/2009 07:53:00

As a Rovers fan i can tell u that IF he signs for you then you have the nearest thing to Drogba in the league......he's big, quick, good in the air, two good feet etc etc.....the reason he has ot been so effective this year is because of injury and the fact that he has had his head turned....he's the top man!!!!
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01/01/2009 11:17:00

i wouldnt say cruz is like drogba, he is more of a berbatov player, he has good feet for a big lad drops off to link play and is quite quick. he has added attributes tho cos he is good in air winning flicks but he isnt really gonna get you 30 yard screamers like a drogba, but 18 million is cheap cos his best years are ahead of him
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