Allardyce fires City warning
Sam Allardyce says Man City must make Blackburn an offer that is too good to refuse for Roque Santa Cruz.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 09/01/09 1:59pm
Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce believes that Manchester City must make them an offer that is too good to refuse if they are to sign striker Roque Santa Cruz.
City manager Mark Hughes had a £12million bid rejected for his former charge in the summer and received another knock-back after tabling an improved bid this month.
Hughes was determined not to pay over the odds for his transfer targets in the January window but it now seems that City will have to pay up if they want Santa Cruz.
The Paraguayan international is currently out with a calf injury and will not travel with the rest of the Rovers squad for the trip to Fulham at the weekend.
"I can't second guess what Manchester City are going to do," Allardyce said.
"Whatever happens between now and next week, as time goes on in this usual transfer window of mayhem, we will wait and see.
"You never say never about anything because you never know what is around the corner when January is on the boil.
"At the end there is always going to be a price, but there is no price we are going to put on Roque's head.
"It is down to Man City to make the offer and blow us out of the water.
"Obviously, we simply want him to play for us and help us stay in the Premier League, which is the most important thing for me and this club.
"The ball is always in Manchester City's court not ours. At the moment we are looking forward to getting him fit and playing for Blackburn Rovers."
Despite Santa Cruz reportedly voicing his desire to leave Ewood Park his manager maintains that the club will not be forced to sell.
"I am more than hopeful because he is our player, he is contracted to us, we decide where and when he leaves the football club," Allardyce remarked.
"He has a contract with Blackburn Rovers that he only signed this season."
Meanwhile, Allardyce had been linked with a move to sign his former player El Hadji Diouf from Sunderland but it now seems unlikely that the pair will be re-united.
Allardyce successfully worked with Diouf during their time together at Bolton but he admits that the forward looks set to stay at the Stadium of Light.
"My information is he is not available," he added.