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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.

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Blackburn boss Steve Kean has held talks with Christopher Samba and told the unsettled defender he will not be sold.

Samba: missed a meeting at Ewood

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The future of the Blackburn Rovers captain, Chris Samba, looked uncertain last night after the player did not show up yesterday for training or for a meeting designed to clear the air with his manager Steve Kean.

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Samba hints at Blackburn exit

Blackburn defender Christopher Samba has cast doubt over his future at Ewood Park by claiming he would leap at the chance to leave if a "good opportunity" arose.

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Christopher Samba signs new Blackburn contract

Blackburn captain Christopher Samba has committed his future to the club by signing a new contract which will keep him at Ewood Park until the summer of 2015.

Kean surprised by Samba exit demands

Blackburn boss Steve Kean will discuss Christopher Samba's future with the Rovers captain today after learning he has been asking to leave the club for a year.

Sad Samba spoils Kean's big day

Blackburn Rovers are aware of captain Chris Samba's unhappiness at the club since the sacking of manager Sam Allardyce and fear that there will be interest in the player from Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham next month. However, they have not yet received an official transfer request from the player.

Angry Samba seeks Blackburn exit

Captain Christopher Samba is intent on leaving Blackburn after being angered by the decision of new owners Venky's to sack manager Sam Allardyce.

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