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One More Offer For Santa Cruz Then That's It

One More Offer For Santa Cruz Then That's It

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Manchester City manager Mark Hughes believes City will offer Blackburn Rovers one more bid for striker Roque Santa Cruz and if that it turned down, City will walk away.

An initial fee, tabled late on Wednesday, is believed to have been for £16m, only a slight improvement on the £15m offered in the second of City's two bids; however, time is running out for the Lancashire club.

Hughes admitted for the first time yesterday (Wednesday 8 January) that the pursuit of players was proving tough.

'We are finding it a little bit difficult to get the players that we want here.'

'I know [the Blackburn chairman] John Williams very well. If he feels that it's not right, then we will have to accept that and look elsewhere. It will come to a point where we will have to make a decision and that could be the decision to walk away.'

Hughes rejected suggestions that the club should pay whatever it takes...

'If John doesn't want to sell, then what can we do?'

'If we throw £50m at it, then I am sure they would sell, but we are not going to do that.'

If you were John Williams (Rovers Chairman), what would you do? Hold out for another million or sell Santa Cruz and think yourself lucky.

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Date:Friday January 9 2009
Time: 12:32AM


We have to pull the plug sometime this is taking longer than Coronation St has been on air.
09/01/2009 05:32:00
If you were John Williams (Rovers Chairman), what would you do? Hold out for another million or sell Santa Cruz and think yourself lucky.ha ha it was supposed to be at Vital Blackburn.Anyhow I will play a hard ball to get more common u can pay u r a trillion club.
09/01/2009 05:34:00
your club owners are a joke lads! 16 million? "substantially more than the last bid"? They bid just over £8 million before the august deadline and have bid £10 million. everything else involved in the deal is all performance related. Same with the Bridge deal, only £5 million in cash. Seems to me, that Hughes is being paid lip service by the owners. Cheap, pathetic attempt to unsettle a player, same as they have done with Toure, Parker and Bellamy. Also, where has the tapping up rule gone? All the talk about Roque and only 2 days ago was a bid placed? Wunch of Bankers!
09/01/2009 06:47:00
You guys talk about millions as though its just everyday money, a nillion quid coiuld buy me a lot of beer, and a million pounds is not a slight improvement its a lot of money and takes some earning. Walk away, his form does not justify the fee.
Buzz Lightyear
09/01/2009 08:56:00
Just to add I dont think a striker is the top priority.
Buzz Lightyear
09/01/2009 08:58:00
09/01/2009 09:32:00
forget him.....he is not worth it......
09/01/2009 10:02:00
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