Big Sam to end Santa Cruz speculation

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Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce has told Manchester City that it's now too late for them to sign Roque Santa Cruz.

City have been tracking the Paraguay striker since the summer and have already seen three bids snubbed by Blackburn.

That, though, does not appear to have curbed their desire to land the former Bayern Munich hitman, with City boss Mark Hughes reportedly preparing another bid before the transfer window shuts at 5pm on Monday.

Allardyce, though, has made it clear that Santa Cruz will be going nowhere, simply for the fact he would face severe difficulties to find a replacement.

He told The Guardian: "There is not the opportunity now to get the quality of striker we need to allow us to even consider letting Roque Santa Cruz move to Manchester City.

"So for me, he stays, although I can't put it to bed completely until the deadline has passed.

"It's impossible, from any manager's point of view, to see what happens between now and then.

"But I certainly wish it was the 3rd of February tomorrow."

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