Thursday, January 31, 2013


High five: Christopher Samba has completed his move to Queens Park Rangers from Russia
Former Blackburn Rovers captain, Christopher Samba has completed his move to Queens Park Rangers from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala, for a club record £12.5million.

The defender's release clause at Anzhi was met, and paid up front, yesterday and he jetted in for a medical this morning.
QPR manager Harry Redknapp said on Thursday morning: 'Samba has signed and that is a massive signing for us. That is the key one.

'He has passed his medical. He was having that last night so it shouldn’t be a problem.'

It has emerged that Samba was advised  by his lawyer that he was in his rights to walk out on Russian club Anzhi Makhachkalai after they disputed the terms of his  £11million-plus release clause  in his contract triggered by the QPR bid.

This might explain why Samba upset the Russian club manager Guus Hiddink by not saying goodbye to anyone when he left for London.

The towering centre back took to Twitter after the club confirmed the deal, writing: 'I promise the QPR fans I will give my all every time I put the blue and white shirt on.

'Now I'm excited to joins the new team-mates and try to help the club remain in the league and more.

'My reason for leaving is to be closer to my family and my 2 little boys.'
Anzhi manager Guus Hiddink has conceded defeat in his bid to hold on to Samba.

It's not a great situation for us. He started the pre-season camps with us but then suddenly in the last few days he started to make contact with England, that's despite still being on contract with Anzhi.'

Samba has been signed in time to make his debut in the must-win Barclays Premier League clash with Norwich this weekend.

He was a previous target for Redknapp when he was Tottenham manager but moved to the Russian side almost a year ago after being offered a huge financial package. Samba's family still live in England and the 28-year-old has been keen to return.

QPR are desperate for central defenders as Ryan Nelsen played his final game in the 0-0 draw against Manchester City on Tuesday evening and will move to Toronto this week. Anton Ferdinand has gone to Turkey on loan at Bursaspor.

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