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Hughes & Allardyce Discuss Santa Cruz Deal

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Watch and listen to Friday's press conference from Mark Hughes and Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce relating to the possible transfer of Roque Santa Cruz.

Mark Hughes

The Manchester City boss confirms the club have had a fresh bid for Roque Santa Cruz turned down by Blackburn and describes the transfer window as 'a restraint of trade.'

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Sam Allardyce

Big Sam talks about the speculation surrounding Roque Santa Cruz as well as the capture of El-Hadji Diouf from Sunderland.

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Writer: Tudor Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday January 30 2009

Time: 4:31PM

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I understand what Fat Sam Says, but if he had dealt at the beginning of the window instead of trying to up the price until its got down to less than 72 hours to find a replacement,he has missed out and Now RSC is no longer worth the amount on offer by City this January. I am sure in Summer Sparky will have his scouts out looking for other targets and Fat Sam will sell RSC to spuds for £7m
Buzz Lightyear
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30/01/2009 18:15:00

Serves him right for getting to greedy.
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30/01/2009 18:33:00

is diouf not a replacement?
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30/01/2009 19:07:00

Sadly guys we have got this one right. We know that roque wants to leave but for once, it is the club in the ascendancy as they have no need to trade unless it suits us. You would be doing the same guys.
Mikey D
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30/01/2009 19:07:00

Buzz, Doody you seem to be under the impression that Sam wants to sell RSC. Well he doesn't so you don't have a point. Buzz you could say the same about Hughes, if he'd have offered the asking price from day one you'd have had him already but offering stupid amounts like £10m, £12m and now £15m it seems it is City who have been playing games. You are willing to pay £100m for Kaka, £11m for a Chelsea reserve and £17m on a player who would be £2m in the summer and yet you expect Rovers to just roll over at £10m (your first offer)??? The message to Hughes has been clear from day one, we value him at over £18m (hence his clause amount), it was down to you to offer it and so far that hasn't been done. One would question why Hughes isn't been backed here because if he wanted Roque that badly and serious and realistic bid would have been made by now.
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30/01/2009 19:09:00

Diouf replaces Matt Derbyshire who has gone to Olympiacos...
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30/01/2009 19:10:00

Will be quite happy if we don't sign RSC, don't think he is good enough in the long term. Or the short term. Meanwhile Rovers may have a grumpydumps turning up for training in the short term. Maybe the long term too.
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30/01/2009 19:22:00

Again kenny, I wish City fans would stop talking about things they have no idea about. There are Craig Bellamys and there are RSCs, not all players "sulk" and play poorley if they don;t move, I assume you didn't see our game against Bolton this week where Santa came on at 2-0 down and turned the game around...I saw no lack of commitment, RSC is very professional.
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30/01/2009 19:28:00

Do you have seen when he came against Newcastle, and how the fans was angry from him ... The Player dont want to continue with you, and the amount of the transaction is more than 10 million of the realy price of the player .. I say gave him his freedom!
city 81
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30/01/2009 20:21:00

RSC has repeatedly stated that he is happy at Blackburn and only wants to move to City because he feels we are a bigger club with more potential to win things. I'm sorry to say that I agree with the Blackburn fans in that A) sam A. Lardass genuinely does not want to sell the player and 2) RSC will probably knuckle down and do his part for his team until the summer. Think he's behaved with dignity thus far, there's no reason to suspect the toys will come out of the pram now. Have to say I'll respect him a lot if that's how he acts, not many footballers would!
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30/01/2009 20:23:00

Look what happen in Newcastle today, N’Zogbia Said he want leave, After one hour Kinnear said: He can leave !! Look the problem has been resolved in one hour.
city 81
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30/01/2009 20:38:00

Gotta say guys that uv got this situation all wrong. RSC signed a four year contract in the summer. This makes him our player for the forseable future. Sam is only acting in the best interests of Blackburn Rovers as he knows that a fit RSC will get 10 ish goals over the rest of the season and probably keep us even if we pass on the money now and take 10 mil less in the summer then it will still be worth it. In the meantime he's gotta play well or he doesn't get the move - as simple as that.....Great self preservation Sam. If we were mid table and safe then he'd probable let him go but why bow down if it will mean you losing my fellow Rovers fan said earlier u would be saying exactly the same in our position...
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30/01/2009 21:43:00

city 81 you give City fans a bad name, thank God you have people like fifthcolumnblue to restore some faith in your average City fan. Have you really forgot where you were before you got the Arab billions as you seem to have the attitude of a glory top four supporter. The "we are richer than you so you must sell attitude" is usually reserved for the red half of Manchester. Compare N'Zogbia's quotes against RSC, hardly the same is it. One says they won't play for their manager the other says he will fight hard if he doesn't move..... As for "give him his freedom", I think you've been listening to too many C.Ronaldo interviews, suppose we're treating Roque like a "slave" eh?
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30/01/2009 22:08:00

I will just say guys. By all accounts Rqoue has been training as normal. he is dissappointed that he prob wont be moving but he hasnt gone for the Bellamy toys pram approach. He has behaved like an adult.
Mikey D
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31/01/2009 09:02:00

hahaha, city 81..... ur a plum, comparing n'zogbia with santa cruz is rediculous as estebanrey has alrdy said. and you need to acquire some lessons in english language because some of your posts are realy quite a struggle to make sense of.
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31/01/2009 11:05:00

city 81 does not live or come from the UK - in fact the chaps knowledge of the English language is better than some who actually come from these shores. Now leave him alone ye Blackburn Rovers twit!
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31/01/2009 11:17:00

With that in mind Tudor, I'm guessing the "81" in his name is the amount of time in seconds he took him to switch his alligence from Chelsea to City when the Arab take over took place....
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31/01/2009 12:07:00

city 81 can stand up for himself, however he registered on this site well before the ADUG take-over. He's more than likely been supporting City longer than you have been following Rovers.
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31/01/2009 12:12:00


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