Samba linked to £12m Anzhi deal

Christopher Samba was on the verge of leaving Blackburn last night with big-spending Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala reported to be close to completing a £12m deal for the central defender.

Samba, who has not played for Rovers since the beginning of last month and had submitted a transfer request, was in talks with Guus Hiddink's new club as the Russian transfer window was closing.