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Villa Interested In Manchester City Striker?

Little snippet in the Express & Star claimed yesterday that Villa are tracking Manchester City and former Blackburn Rovers striker Roque Santa Cruz.

Forum thread: Click Here

Apparently the Paraguay international says he is looking to leave in January and could cost around £7m

So far we have:

IN:

Atletico Madrid keeper David De Gea Click Here

Panathinaikos striker Djibril Cisse Click Here

26-year-old Swiss goalkeeper David Zibung who currently plays Lucerne. Click Here

Real Madrid midfielder Fernando Gago Click Here

21-year-old Toulouse winger Franck Tabanou. Click Here

Racing Genk's £5m rated Belgian international striker Jelle Vossen. Click Here

Michael Owen to Villa on loan or a nominal fee: Click Here

Michael Carrick from Manchester United for around £8million. Click Here

Tottenham Hotspur and Croatian attacking midfielder Niko Kranjcar. Click Here

25-year-old Argentine striker Pablo Andres Gonzalez Click Here

Robbie Keane linked... again (and no doubt again and again!): Click Here

OUT:

Curtis Davies on loan to Leicester City and possible permanent exit in January: Click Here

John Carew linked out Click Here
John Carew to Fiorentina or Sampdoria Click Here

Nigel Reo-Coker linked with Galatasaray Click Here

Steve Sidwell to Werder Bremen or Wolfsburg Click Here




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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday October 28 2010

Time: 9:23AM

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Would be an Ironic Xmas present wouldn't it?
leelindsay
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28/10/2010 10:08:00

Yes please
Valiant Villan™
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28/10/2010 10:35:00

I dont think 7m is a bargain for santa cruz, he is frequently injured and not the player he was at blackburn and i dont think he is a player we need. I would prefer a player for the future, someone new from a foreign league who will make a huge impact...This is why we got houllier he knows his foreign players well and he knows talent when he see's it.
P.Avfc
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28/10/2010 12:57:00

Another striker who doesn't score... No thanks. Got a couple of those already, ta!
Rawlie
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28/10/2010 13:06:00

"Santa Claus" Cruz can score goals with his head for fun. Could be a real good investment. I think if anything he is the one risk we should take. Rest of the signing we make should be safe bets we can rely on.
sonicdeathmonkey
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28/10/2010 13:28:00

P.Avfc who is this wonderkid that will be plucked out for a couple of million then? Everyone is quick to condemn players without actually coming up with any alternatives - Santa Cruz would be a big improvement to our strike force without question. All he needs is match sharpness and he'll be back
Valiant Villan™
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28/10/2010 15:06:00

Well said Valiant Villan, couldn't agree more. If I'm honest I think Citeh would actually take £5m if we played hard ball with them. The reason Santa Cruz hasn't been played is due to the vast amounts of talent in front of him. You can be a class act and still not get in the side at Eastlands. Bellamy was their number one player last season and now he's at Cardiff! Well worth a punt at £5-7m or even an end of season loan would do for me.
jsmccue
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28/10/2010 15:43:00

Valiant Villan when did i say 'wonderkid' i want an actual goalscorer who aint injured every 2 weeks and is consistent. Hoarau from psg is a great goalscorer and got a lot of years left he would be much better than buyin a striker who will be just be a short term replacement for carew. 7m would be thrown fown the drain.
P.Avfc
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28/10/2010 15:52:00

Yeah Hoarau is doing well in the French league - remember Mateja Ke˛man - he scored 105 goals in 122 games in the Dutch League (stronger than French league) - absolutely unheard of goal record. He scored 4 goals in 25 games for Chelsea and flopped. It's all very well gambling on players in weaker leagues but we need to balance that risk against players that we KNOW have the capability to do it week in week out in the PL and Santa Cruz is capable.
Valiant Villan™
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28/10/2010 17:12:00

All too often the guy is spending time out injured, and he's only experienced one full season throughout his whole career when he's actually bagged a decent haul. No, not for us. We can, and have to, do a lot better.
glensider
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28/10/2010 18:08:00

We have a great need for someone to knock in 20 a season. I thought Gabby would do that, maybe feeding of Heskey, but it doesn't look like that's going to happen. Not sure how long Carew will be around and I feel there is something more than meets the eye with The Fonz (a la Luke Moore attitude). If we are talking short term, then I would prefer Keane over Santa Cruz, but something tells me that Mr H will have something in mind anyway.
AVFCinOz
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29/10/2010 03:03:00

 

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