Santa Cruz - United want me

Rovers braced for striker fight

Roque Santa Cruz has revealed that Manchester United are in the hunt to sign him.

The 26-year-old had a scintillating maiden campaign in England, bagging 23 goals following his move from Bayern Munich.

Now, despite having three-years left on his current deal, he is being linked with a big-money move away from Ewood Park.

Speaking in Paraguay, where he is preparing for World Cup duty, Santa Cruz revealed that United were after him.

Santa Cruz told La Nacion: "The interest from Manchester United is real but I'm busy now so my representatives will handle anything if there is a concrete offer."

United are thought to have been monitoring Santa Cruz for a number of months, but they are not likely to be alone in making a move - with Mark Hughes looking likely to show an interest in his former charge.

Hughes sealed his own move away from Blackburn on Wednesday when he agreed to take charge at Manchester City.

And one of his first moves could very well be to go back for Santa Cruz.