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LONDON, England -- Blackburn have signed Paraguay international striker Roque Santa Cruz from Bayern Munich.

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Santa Cruz was in good form in the Copa America scoring a hat-trick against Colombia.

The 25-year-old has agreed a four-year contract at Ewood Park after spending eight years with the Bundesliga giants .

The Premier League club announced on Saturday that Santa Cruz has joined for "an undisclosed fee" but reports in Germany suggest the Premier League club have paid $7million for his services.

Bayern have allowed Santa Cruz to leave following the summer arrivals of Luca Toni and Miroslav Klose, with coach Ottmar Hitzfeld recently confirming he was looking to sell the South American.

Blackburn boss Mark Hughes, himself a former Bayern Munich striker, is delighted with his acquisition.

"Santa Cruz is a young player, an international with a good reputation who is playing at a top European club.

"The good thing from our point of view is that his fitness levels are fine as he has been playing in the Copa America."

Santa Cruz will find competition for a starting spot intense with South African Benni McCarthy, Jason Roberts, Matt Derbyshire and new recruit Maceo Rigters all battling for a first-team place up front.

In his eight years with Bayern, Santa Cruz has won the Champions League and five Bundesliga titles, as well as four German Cup triumphs and a World Club Cup winner's medal.

In 155 games, he scored 31 times and will bring a wealth of European experience to Rovers too, having played 51 games in the Champions League, scoring seven goals.

Blackburn completed a 6-0 aggregate victory over Lithuanians FK Vetra in the third round of the Intertoto Cup on Saturday and moved into the second qualifying round of the UEFA Cup.

They followed their 2-0 first leg away win with a 4-0 home victory. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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