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The inference is that Mark Hughes is actively looking for players to bolster his squad.

The word on the streets of the borough is that Hughes feels the attack is an area that can be improved. With Andrew Johnson sidelined still, Bobby Zamora has little in the way of support from a classy striker. With Erik Nevland having returned to Norway we`re relying on David Elm and Eddie Johnson to offer natural striking support or Zoltan Gera and Clint Dempsey to play slightly out of position.

So with there being a vacancy there`s no shortage of names being banded about but one name keeps on being championed by the media (apart from Craig Bellamy) and that is Roque Santa Cruz..

But there are puzzling aspects to this continual linkage with Craven Cottage.

We have ask ourselves if Mark Hughes is seriously interested in the player or whether it could be the striker himself wanting to link up with Hughes again?

It was Hughes that introduced the twenty-eight year old to English football when he swooped to land him for Blackburn, from Bayern Munich, three years ago.

Leading the Ewood Park line, Hughes appeared to have picked up a bargain and the prolific manner in which Santa Cruz went about accumulating goals ensured that when Hughes moved to Manchester City he wasted no time in taking Santa Cruz with him, although at a vastly inflated price to that which had seen him arrive in English football.

But the goals dried up, Santa Cruz spent more time on the treatment table than the pitch and now with UEFA expecting clubs to name squads of twenty-five for the Premier League season there`s a real fear that Santa Cruz will not be one of the twenty-five named.

Therefore, returning to the original question, you have to ask who wants this move to happen!

Is Santa Cruz trying to orchestrate it knowing it would see him link up with Hughes for a third time and link up with a manager he knows values his style of play or is Hughes pondering over getting a skilled marksman on the cheap and hoping that his injury woes are a thing of the past?

Your thoughts would be most welcome!

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Writer: Andrew Joyce  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday August 12 2010

Time: 5:00PM

Your Comments

I wouldn't mind this deal if it was relatively easy on our wallets. I'd rather have Bellamy but Santa Cruz is still a top candidate when he's not being just another Andy Johnson.
but what if he spends the season on the treatment table... we have too much of that already... i wouldn't mind him as a luxury, but he cannot be the answer to the question of who is our second striker...

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