Christian Samba close to Russia return as Queens Park Rangers accept £12m bid
Former club Anzhi Makhachkala rumoured to want defender back after just half a season at Loftus Road
Tuesday 02 July 2013
Queens Park Rangers have agreed a fee that will see defender Christian Samba return to former club Anzhi Makhachkala for £12 million.
The recently relegated club need to lower their wage bill as they prepare for life back in the Championship, with Samba believed to be on a weekly wage in the region of £100,000-a-week. The Congolese captain only signed for Rangers in January for a fee around £12.5m as Harry Redknapp attempted to strengthen the defence in their bid for Premier League survival.
The defender is having a medical at Anzhi but has already agreed terms on a four-year contract worth £100,000-a-week.
Anzhi chairman Konstantin Remchukov announced: “I can confirm that Samba has returned to us. If everything is in order, then he will once again be our player.”
Samba had spent five years with current Championship outfit Blackburn Rovers before his initial move to Anzhi Makhachkala, but it seems he will return to Russia after just half a season back in England.
It is a surprising U-turn for Samba, who admitted his relief at leaving Russia when he completed the move to QPR in a club-record signing.
"All the money in the world cannot make you happy if you don't have your family with you," Samba said in January.
"I came back to be with my family. Life needs to have both sides - enjoy your football and have your loved ones close to you.
"I have no plans to go back to Russia."
QPR have already offloaded high-earners Djibril Cisse, Jay Bothroyd and DJ Campbell as Redknapp continues to reduce the current wage bill, while Julio Cesar and Esteban Granero are also available for transfer.
Latest in Sport
Radamel Falcao exclusive: Forward says joining Manchester United is a 'dream come true'
Transfer deadline day: The best memes and tweets, featuring Radamel Falcao, Javier Hernandez and Bart Simpson
Arsenal transfer news: Ray Parlour urges Arsene Wenger to make late move for Edinson Cavani
WWE Raw preview: Will John Cena continue to defy the threat of Brock Lesnar?
Danny Welbeck to Arsenal: Arsene Wenger pictured in Rome as club close in on Manchester United striker for £17m
- 1 Half of young women unable to ‘locate vagina’ and 65% find it difficult to say the word
- 2 Emma Watson on Jennifer Lawrence naked photo leak: 'Even worse than seeing women's privacy violated is reading the comments'
- 3 Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb
- 4 A teacher speaks out: 'I'm effectively being forced out of a career that I wanted to love'
- 5 Mexican woman becomes world’s 'oldest person' at 127
Rotherham child sex abuse scandal: Labour Home Office to be probed over what Tony Blair's government knew - and when
What do immigrants really think of Britain? Polish immigrant's Reddit post goes viral
Ashya King: Parents of five-year-old boy refused permission to visit him in hospital and denied bail at Spanish court
With Douglas Carswell joining Ukip, my party has taken another giant step forward
When elitism grips the top of British society to this extent, there is only one answer: abolish private schools
Ashya King: 'Cruel NHS has not given us the treatment we need', says father of five-year-old with brain tumour who fled to Spain