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Samba joins QPR in £10m move from Anzhi

Congolese defender moves to Premier League strugglers for club record fee

  • By David Hytner
  • Published: 17:47 January 31, 2013
  • Gulf News

London: QPR have completed the club record £10m [Dh58 million] signing of Christopher Samba on a four-and-a-half year deal from the Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala.

The 28 year-old Congolese defender has signed a lucrative four-and-a-half year deal at Loftus Road.

Harry Redknapp told the club’s website: “This is an unbelievable signing. [Owner] Tony Fernandes deserves a lot of credit for this one — he has worked so hard on bringing him in.

“I was speaking with him a month ago and he asked me who I would want to sign if Ryan Nelsen left, he asked me to give him a couple of names.

“I said to him, ‘Well, these aren’t possible to get but if you’re asking me who I’d have, I’ll give you a couple of players’. One of them was Chris Samba. The next thing I know he’s telling me that he’s working on bringing him in! It’s amazing.

“Chris is just what we need. He’s a monster. Great in the air, quick, a leader, strong, fantastic in both boxes, hard as nails. He’s a proper centre-half.”

Samba said: “I’m delighted to be back in the Premier League. It’s the best league in the world to play football. I’ve been linked with the club for a long time. With Harry here though, he is really passionate and he wants to do something with the club.”

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