Striker transfers – Santa Cruz, Dzeko and the rest

In terms of possible striker transfers, this week feels like the calm after last week’s Wayne Rooney storm. Roque Santa Cruz has been quoted saying he’s up for a move in January to try and get first team football. Tell us something we don’t know!

Roque also reveals that Carlos Tevez misses his family in Argentina. Once again it’s hardly a revelation. The Mail report we’re looking again at Edin Dzeko following Rooney’s decision to stay put.

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Are City set to sign a second striker after Balotelli?

With Mario Balotelli set to join the club and Roque Santa Cruz looking like the striker to make way out of last season’s first team squad it might be reasonable to assume they’re a straight swap. Yet is that the case?

Despite his powerful physique, Balotelli doesn’t play the role of target man which Santa Cruz was supposed to fill. Instead the positions he occupies are closer to those of Craig Bellamy. Namely he’s primarily a striker but often played on the flanks where his pace, skill and powerful shooting allow him to cut in and augment the strikers.

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City transfer talk: 28 July – Jo and Santa Cruz linked with exits

With other teams looking to form their squads for the new season, today brings fresh interest in two strikers who are likely to leave City this Summer.

First we find Jo linked with Blackburn. Big Sam likes a big striker, but Jo is hardly your archetypal target man. Maybe Allardyce believes he can shape Jo’s potential into something more solid and suitable for the Premier League. One thing’s for sure, the shrewd Allardyce won’t be paying the kind of sums Blackburn charged us for Roque Santa Cruz.

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