Liverpool linked with South American striker

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Liverpool are being linked with a move for Paraguayan striker Roque Santa Cruz.

The 29-year-old is the latest forward to be linked with a move to Anfield, with new Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson keen to add some firepower to his thread-bare front line. Fernando Torres and David Ngog are the only senior strikers available in the first team.

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has spent big this summer, and these acquisitions have left the former Bayern Munich striker on the brink of an Eastlands exit.

The front-man scored four times in 22 appearances for the Citizens, but fell down the pecking order behind new captain Carlos Tevez and Emmanuel Adebayor after Italian Mancini arrived at the City of Manchester stadium.

The Metro reports that the Reds would have to pay in the region of £10 million to bring the player to Anfield, although former Blackburn and City boss Mark Hughes is also thought to be keen on a move for the forward at Fulham.

Hodgson has been linked with a string of strikers this summer, with Ola Toivonen, Carlton Cole, Craig Bellamy and Peter Crouch just four players reported to be on the Merseyside radar in the last month.

Additionally, the Metro reports that Wayne Bridge could be another Liverpool target and part of a double swoop if Hodgson makes a move before the close of the transfer window.

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