City says Santa Cruz can leave in January

Manchester City manager Robert Mancini says he is willing to let

Roque Santa Cruz leave the club in January.

The Paraguay striker joined City from Blackburn in June 2009 but

has been unable to secure a regular first-team place, featuring

just once this season.

Santa Cruz reportedly failed to agree terms with Lazio in the

last transfer window but could now move on in January.

Mancini says ”I hope for him that he can go to play for another

team because he deserves this.”

The British media claim Fulham and Aston Villa could try to sign

the former Bayern Munich striker when the transfer window opens in

the new year.

Santa Cruz is behind Carlos Tevez and Emmanuel Adebayor in the

list of strikers at City.