Rovers reject City's Santa Cruz bid

Blackburn Rovers have rejected Manchester City's £12 million offer for forward Roque Santa Cruz.

City boss Mark Hughes is keen to be reunited with the Paraguayan after signing him for Rovers last season, but his former club are determined to hold on to the star.

Blackburn had already told Hughes to forget about signing Santa Cruz before this latest bid, so his bid drew a scathing response from Ewood Park.

A statement on Rovers' website read: "A bid came in last night (Wednesday) and it was immediately rejected.

"Various Manchester City officials have been advised on a number of occasions that the player would not be for sale.

"We are very disappointed, therefore, that they have continued their interest."