Santa Cruz signs Malaga deal

Malaga have signed Roque Santa Cruz on a permanent basis after he spent last season on loan with them.

Santa Cruz, 31, scored eight goals for the club last season and has put pen to paper on a three-year deal. The Paraguay international, who left Manchester City at the end of last season, had been linked with a move to Hamburg.

On their official website, Malaga said: "Malaga and Roque Santa Cruz have reached an agreement for the Paraguayan-born striker to continue with the Blue and Whites.

"Following the end of his previous contract with Manchester City, Santa Cruz has signed with Malaga for the next three years, and will travel to Germany to join the rest of the first team for pre-season training with coach, Bernd Schuster."

Information from the Press Association was used in this report