Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce would love to bring Roque Santa Cruz back to Ewood Park – but doubts if the club could afford it.
The 29-year-old forward left Rovers for Manchester City last July but has fallen well down the Eastlands pecking order, and he is expecting to leave the club in the near future.
Reports suggest Santa Cruz would be open to re-joining Blackburn and Allardyce would welcome the chance to do a deal, but the former Bolton and Newcastle boss admits the Paraguayan could be out of Rovers’ price range.
Allardyce said: “Whether players of that ilk want to come back to Blackburn Rovers and play for us, this fine – but it all depends on the financial side of it.
“There will be some finances but whether it will stretch to the size of the sort of wages that Manchester City pay is a difficult one.
“They have blown everyone out of the water recently by the signings they have made and the main reason has been the size of the financial package they have been offering.
“Whether Manchester City can recoup their money or whatever we can afford that player’s wages is a difficult scenario to try and get over.”