Hughes comes after Santa Cruz

Last updated : 08 January 2009 By Andy
City boss Mark Hughes brought Santa Cruz to England when he was manager at Ewood and is now willing to pay a lot more for his services than he did back then.

The bid he has put in is reportedly around the £16 million mark but Rovers are sitting tight at the moment.

"We have made an improved bid, a substantial bid for Roque Santa Cruz but it was rejected," said Hughes.

"We made a bid in the region of £12m in the summer and it (the new bid) is significantly higher than that.

"But we still want to bring him to the club if we can but he is Blackburn's player and they don't want to deal at the level we have made a bid at. That is their prerogative."