Roque: United want me

Blackburn Rovers and Paraguay striker Roque Santa Cruz claims that Manchester United have indicated they want to sign him.

Santa Cruz, 26, had a superb first season in the Premier League following his move from Bayern Munich last year and his 23-goal haul has attracted United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Paraguay star, who still has three years left on his current contract, insists the European champions are definitely keen to bring him to Old Trafford.

Manchester City, now managed by his former Rovers boss Mark Hughes, could also be interested in his services but Santa Cruz will let his agent deal with the issue while he is on international duty.

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