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Hughes reunited with Santa Cruz after 18m deal sealed

ROQUE SANTA CRUZ&nbsp;hailed the chance to work with former boss Mark Hughes as the major factor in his decision to make an &pound;18m move to Manchester City after completing the long-awaited switch yesterday.<br /><br />After passing a medical the 27-year-old Paraguay striker signed a four-year deal which commits him to Eastlands until 2012.<br /><br />&ldquo;I know the kind of football Mark Hughes wants to play and the kind of character he is &ndash; he&rsquo;s a winner, he wants to make things happen and be successful,&rdquo; said Santa Cruz. &ldquo;Those are always my thoughts as well, so knowing what he wants was a big factor in coming here.&rdquo;<br /><br />Santa Cruz enjoyed a highly successful first season in English football, scoring 23 goals for Blackburn Rovers during the 2007-08 campaign. But a niggling knee injury restricted the hitman to just 16 appearances and six goals last term.<br /><br />City&rsquo;s interest has been well known since the club were taken over by the Abu Dhabi United group in August. The &pound;18m buy-out clause proved no obstacle to the billionaire owners and gave Rovers a &pound;14m profit on the player they bought from Bayern Munich for &pound;3.8m in 2007.<br /><br />Hughes said: &ldquo;We&rsquo;re obviously delighted to get him here,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;It was really important that we signed him, because it&rsquo;s an area of the squad that we have needed to address for some time, and the qualities Roque brings will be of great benefit.&rdquo;<br /><br />Santa Cruz becomes Hughes&rsquo; second major capture of the summer, following midfielder Gareth Barry&rsquo;s &pound;12m move from Aston Villa.<br /><br />The spending is unlikely to stop there with Manchester United forward Carlos Tevez said to be keen to move across the city and join the Blues.<br /><br />A fee of &pound;25.5m has already been agreed with the Argentinian&rsquo;s owners and the player has reportedly been offered a five-year contract worth &pound;130,000 a week.