It's official—Roque Santa Cruz has signed for Manchester City, becoming their second major signing of the transfer window after Gareth Barry.
It took Mark Hughes seven bids before he could capture Santa Cruz.
The club's official website has confirmed that the player has now signed, but there has been no official announcement of the fee involved, which has been rumoured to be somewhere in the region of £15-18 million.
This should bolster City's attacking options and will give Santa Cruz and Hughes an opportunity to reunite and turn the club's fortunes. In Santa Cruz's first season in England at Ewood Park for Blackburn, he scored 23 goals in 43 appearances.
Though he has managed to find the back of the net only four times in the Premier League last term, Mark Hughes has admitted that this signing is a vital one.
"It was really important that we signed him because it's an area of the squad that we have needed to address for some time," Hughes told mcfc.co.uk.
"The qualities Roque brings will be of great benefit.
"His ability in the air and his physical presence are things we have been missing. But he also has technical ability and good pace for a big man.
"He is a very good player and one I know well from our time at Blackburn."
With this move, there is more doubt raised about where Carlos Tevez will end up before season 2009/2010. Manchester United have confirmed on their official website that Tevez has rejected a five-year deal, which would have made him one of the highest-paid players at the club, and that he will not be staying at Old Trafford.
Now, with City close to settling their forward line, it remains to be seen where Tevez moves. Chelsea remain an option too, but City remain in pole position to sign him as a source close to Chelsea denied their interest.
So, where is Tevez headed?
Please take the time to tell me where you think he's off to.
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