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Whilst many of us have expressed confusion over Mark Hughes` desire to add ANOTHER striker to the arsenal of talent already available at Ewood, we now find ourselves in an exciting position with names being thrown around looser than The Hammered`s defence.

This week has seen the link with Roque Santa Cruz realised with reports emanating from Ewood that a firm bid has been lodged for the Paraguayan international striker. Rovers are now eagerly awaiting a response from the Bayern forward.

Other clubs have been linked to Santa Cruz such as Porto and Real Zaragoza; even Manchester City have been credited with an interest but, as they continue to act like a child in a sweet shop, their interest in anyone cannot be taken seriously.

It is thought Rovers have left the ball very much in the player`s court but won`t be messed around in a transfer debacle that would induce memories of last summers wrangling with a certain fallen star from Tottenham; Mido.

Many think that if this deal collapses then Hughes will turn to former Rover James Beattie. This would perhaps provide more confusion as he wouldn`t be improving the striking options, merely another name.

Alas, today have seen two reports of additional names being linked. The first is FC Nantes and Belgium international striker Luigi Pieroni. The 27-year-old is thought to be on Hughes` wishlist and is flying to England for talks with Rovers and another Premiership side.

Adding to this speculation is news that Mark Hughes would be willing to match Manchester United`s £6million valuation of England striker Alan Smith.

It had been widely expected he would sign for Middlesbrough, who have been chasing him for some time, despite his desire to remain at Old Tarfford. Smith is keen to stay and fight at Old Trafford but with Carlos Tevez expected to join the wealth of attacking options at Man Utd his chances of playing look limited. This would not do his international ambitions any good.

News yesterday appeared to paint the picture that Middlesbrough were the only serious contenders for his signature but Hughes appears to have thrown his hat in the ring.

This will make for an exciting few days preceding the weekend for Rovers fans who can now fervently debate who will be the latest name to arrive at Ewood over a bevy or two.

Despite a desire for Hughes to look at other areas of the squad we have to trust his judgement and names like Santa Cruz and Smith will certainly improve the team. And it is here that I stipulate my choice. I`m sure many of you will disagree but my vote will be marginally for Santa Cruz.

I know in the past I have disagreed with the idea of him but he slightly edges it over Smith. Either would be a GOOD addition to the squad and I would welcome them. Smith would be good because he knows the league, is English and has proved in the past he has an eye for goal. Alas, questions arise over a number of elements. Has he recovered properly from injury? Does he still have an eye for goal? Will a Yorkshire man be made to feel at home in Lancashire?

Santa Cruz certainly dodges that last question but debate arises around his injury proneness and ability to adapt to the English game.

Nevertheless it will make for an exciting few days for Rovers fans; well as long as we don`t sign Beattie!

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Writer:Roversman
Date:Thursday July 26 2007
Time: 9:37AM

Comments

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As I say, I would prob go for Santa but would be happy with Smith. Let the intense debate begin!
roversman
26/07/2007 09:39:00
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I'm gonne throw my hat in the ring and say Smith but wouldn't complain about Santa but I would about Beattie!!!
MikeyGamst
26/07/2007 09:42:00
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Yeah definitely Santa over Smith, i mentioned a few more names we have been linked with in the forum so go have a look and help me. But yeah with Santa i think he could be very good, i hope we sign him really now, especially if we don't it means we get Beattie.
roverjoy
26/07/2007 09:45:00
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Defo Mikey, Beats has to be a no, a pointles signing in my opinion. I know I have plumped with Santa but it could be either.
roversman
26/07/2007 09:45:00
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I'd honestly prefer it if they left the money in the kitty. It doesn't look like we need another striker and, unless there's something we don't know, we can afford to wait until January at least. Personally I don't think Smith can hit a cow's arse with a banjo on the best of days, Santa Cruz would be a significant risk for a club of our size and the less said about Beattie the better.
theirishrover
26/07/2007 09:56:00
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You do make some very valid points theirish, some which do concern me also. However, I feel getting someone in now and embedding them in our set-up would be beneficial if injuries hit and knowing our blooming luck they will. At least this way the squad will get to know and understand the way the new guy works.
roversman
26/07/2007 10:00:00
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have to say the Beattie rumour is not a good one, Santa Cruz would be a good buy but on reptutation alone, he would have to prove himself, Alan Smith has done it all b4 and if given the chance up front, well we all seen wot he could for Leeds, plus he could act for cover for the midfield if needed, Dunno much about Peroni, well in fact nothing so cant pass judgement on him at all. So Santa or Smith?? its nice to have good options anyway
Clint
26/07/2007 11:12:00
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Santa and Smith are good but i would like to see Defoe or Luke Moore at Rovers.
Derbyshire4England
26/07/2007 12:10:00
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If Sparky insists on getting a new striker I would still think Santa Cruz is the way to go.
Would be pretty *****ed if we signed Beattie 9but would get behind him obviously if we did!!!), don't really know that much about the Belgian guy (but he seems to have a good stock?) and although Smith is OK, I'm still not that keen on him to be honest.
Hughes Da Man
26/07/2007 12:39:00
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Derbyshire4England - Dude I like the fact that you are looking towards someone like Defoe but we REALLY have NO chance of seeing him sign for Rovers!!! I'd like it, but it just won't hapen will it.
Moore started last season on fire didn't he, the injury really held him back and Aston Villa got some new strikers didn't they, so he is down the pecking order but wouldn't do it for me really.
Hughes Da Man
26/07/2007 12:41:00
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