Transfer Talk: Chris Samba to QPR; Marquinhos to Manchester City; Danny Simpson to Wigan

The Independent's Martin Hardy analyses today's January transfer window stories and separates the reality from the rumour

Player: Chris Samba

Club: Anzhi Makhachkala

Possible move to: QPR

Time left on deal: Three-and-a-half years

The story: Harry Redknapp wants the imposing central defender to give his side's fight against relegation a massive boost. Samba's family have remained in England and the 28-year-old could be ready to return to the Premier League.

Chance of moving: Four stars

 

Player: Danny Simpson

Club: Newcastle

Possible move to: Wigan

Time left on deal: Six months

The story: Simpson has failed to agree a new deal at St James' Park with his contract ticking down. The arrival of Mathieu Debuchy at Newcastle will seriously damage his first team chances.

Chance of moving: Four stars

 

Player: Marquinhos

Club: Roma

Possible move to: Manchester City

Time left on deal: Three-and-a-half years

The story: Roma have already knocked back one offer from City for the 18-year-old Brazilian defender. That will not end the interest of City for the £5 million-rated player.

Chance of moving: Three stars

 

Player: Danny Graham

Club: Swansea

Possible move to: Sunderland

Time left on deal: Two-and-a-half years

The story: Graham is desperate to return to the North east and will push Swansea into agreeing to let him go. Martin O'Neill wants more firepower and has £5m to spend on a forward.

Chance of moving: Four stars

 

Player: Peter Crouch

Club: Stoke

Possible move to: QPR

Time left on deal: Two-and-a-half years

The story: Harry Redknapp has signed Crouch four times. One more for the road? Crouch could be tempted by the lure of the capital and Redknapp knows Crouch will get him goals.

Chance of moving: Three stars

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