Manchester City boss Mark Hughes is keen on Blackburn Rovers defender Christopher Samba.

The Daily Star says Hughes signed Samba for Blackburn in January last year for £396,000 from Hertha Berlin.

And the 6ft 5in giant, ­nicknamed King Kong, remains firmly on the City manager's radar.

So, too, does Samba's team-mate, striker Roque Santa Cruz, for whom Hughes bid £14m in the summer.