Lazio near Santa Cruz agreement

Roque Santa Cruz is closing in on a loan move to Lazio, ending his Manchester City nightmare.
The 29-year-old striker has been frozen out at City this season, and ex-Inter boss Roberto Mancini didn’t even include him in the club’s 25-man squad, making him ineligible for the Premier League.
Lazio were interested in the Paraguayan in the summer when it became clear that he had no future at City, but were unable to strike a deal to sign him. However, it now seems that they have got their man.
Santa Cruz will reportedly join Lazio on loan until the end of the season, for a fee of approximately €300,000. Edy Reja’s club will then have an exclusive option to sign him for €3 million next summer if he impresses.
Lazio have already missed out on the signing of fellow striker Hugo Almeida, who recently joined Besiktas in Turkey, but Santa Cruz is set to fill that void. His signing will become official on January 1 if it is completed as expected.

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