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While Blackburn struggle this season both on and off the pitch, one of the few positives at Ewood Park has been the performances of central defender Chris Samba. The Congolese has been a rock at the back for Rovers and is easily Blackburn's most saleable asset. With the club reportedly in dire financial trouble they must be tempted to cash in, although it's rumoured they've put a price tag of £15m on his head. That's unrealistic, but so is the bid of £5m they received recently from QPR. Somewhere between the two could see the 27-year-old move, and with Redknapp a confirmed admirer, it could be to White Hart Lane.

Only QPR have made bid for Chris Samba reveals Steve Kean

Only QPR have so far bid for wantaway Blackburn defender Chris Samba, Rovers manager Steve Kean said today.

Transfer window: Who's chasing who in the Premier League

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Ins and outs: What the fans want in January

Who and what does each club need in the transfer window and who would supporters gladly see moved on? James Mariner asks those that count – you

The Blackburn manager claims owners Venky's will back him by funding up to four new players

Kean seeks four early signings to revive Rovers

After his meeting yesterday with Blackburn Rovers' board of directors, Steve Kean plans to make at least four new signings in next month's transfer window. Kean, widely criticised by the club's supporters, claimed to have held constructive talks with the owners in recent days and, with as many as 10 first-team players unavailable for tomorrow's trip to Manchester United, is determined to make additions quickly.

Martin Jol said frustration was behind the late red card for Andy Johnson

Jol laments Fulham's injuries

FC Twente 1 Fulham 0

Andy Johnson produced two fine finishes for Fulham last night

Fulham striker Andy Johnson confident of third straight win against Tottenham

Andrew Johnson is confident Fulham can make it three wins on the trot against Tottenham on Sunday.

Wolves continue impressive start to season

Wolves 2 Fulham 0

Philippe Senderos: Fulham must appoint manager quickly

A shocked Philippe Senderos today admitted it was vital Fulham appoint a new manager quickly as he began to come to terms with Mark Hughes' departure.

Clattenburg on brink but Bobby back with a bang

Fulham 3 Blackburn Rovers 2

Johnson's welcome return primes Fulham firepower

Fulham 2 Stoke City 0

Dempsey's double proves too hot for Stoke

Fulham 2 Stoke City 0

Fulham set to win Steve Sidwell chase

Fulham manager Mark Hughes wants Steve Sidwell to rejuvenate his career at Craven Cottage and bring drive to the midfield after apparently capturing him from under the noses of Premier League rivals.

Fulham have bounced back from worrying slump, says Dempsey

Clint Dempsey is confident Fulham have turned the corner after the 3-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday propelled them from the relegation zone to 13th place in the Premier League. The lower part of the table is congested, with Fulham one of eight teams separated by one win, but that makes goal difference vital.

Andrew Johnson injury woes continue at Fulham

Mark Hughes rates Andrew Johnson as unlikely to be fit for Saturday's FA Cup tie against Peterborough after suffering a minor hamstring tear.

Fulham: Potential transfer targets

Fulham have been playing some good football this term but injuries to Bobby Zamora and Moussa Dembele and the indifferent form of the recently fit Andrew Johnson have hit the Cottagers hard.

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