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Christopher Samba: QPR set to sign £12.5m defender
Christopher Samba is set to complete a £12.5m move to QPR from Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala after agreeing personal terms and passing a medical.
It is understood the ex-Blackburn defender, 28, will receive £100,000-a-week, including bonuses and add-ons.
QPR's 26 signings since May 2011
The centre-back used his own Twitter account on Thursday to state that he was in London.
QPR manager Harry Redknapp is also pressing ahead with plans to sign Stoke striker Peter Crouch.
Anzhi head coach Guus Hiddink admitted he was disappointed to lose Samba.
"It's not a very good situation," Hiddink told Russian newspaper Sport Express.
"Samba was with us during this season, began preparations for the winter training camps and suddenly this opportunity arose with an English club. Yesterday [Tuesday] he left for England. Unfortunately, we didn't even have a chance to say goodbye to him. Everything has developed very quickly."
Samba left England in February 2012 when Anzhi agreed to pay Blackburn £12m, amid interest from Tottenham, Redknapp's former club.
With Ryan Nelsen set to leave Loftus Road to manage Toronto FC, and Anton Ferdinand moving to Turkish club Bursaspor on loan, QPR have been desperate to sign an authoritative central defender with Premier League experience. BBC
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QPR ready to splash £20m on transfer deadline day in battle for Premier League survival
The Queens Park Rangers chairman, Tony Fernandes, is ready to gamble £20million on securing the club’s Premier League status, tabling bids for Christopher Samba and Peter Crouch which he hopes to finalise on deadline day.
The lavish spending on two players who can expect to be paid £70,000 a week for a role in Queens Park Rangers' relegation battle was authorised on a hectic day for the club, who also finalised the signing of South Korean full-back Yun Suk-Young from Chunnam Dragons.
Stoke City were on Wednesday night anticipating a bid in the region of £6million for Crouch, who can expect to see his wages rise from around £50,000 a week should he join Redknapp for the fifth time in his career.
The striker, 32 on Wednesday, is tempted by the prospect of resuming his relationship with Redknapp, for whom he played at Portsmouth, Tottenham and Southampton.
Stoke rejected an earlier bid of £3million plus Jamie Mackie but expect QPR to return with an improved offer. Should Crouch go, manager Tony Pulis will seek to replace him with Darren Bent, out of favour at Aston Villa and subjected to a fresh humiliation on Tuesday night when he was substituted at half-time in the 2-1 defeat by Newcastle.
QPR’s boldest move was a £12.5million bid for Samba, enough to trigger the release clause in the centre-half’s contract with Anzhi Makhachkala.
Samba has been at the Russian side since leaving Blackburn Rovers, earning £100,000 a week under Dutch coach Guus Hiddink. It is understood he will have to take a pay cut to around £70,000 to join Rangers.
Samba flew in on Wednesday and travelled to London for talks over personal terms. A deal seems certain, however, with Hiddink accepting that the player would not return.
Hiddink said: “It’s a shame to talk about this but he didn’t even say goodbye, he didn’t explain anything to us. Whatever happens to you, you should take into account the people with whom you work.
"It’s not a great situation for us. He started the pre-season camps with us but then suddenly in the last few days he started to make contact with England, that’s despite still being on contract with Anzhi.”
Redknapp is relying on the Samba deal to bolster his defensive options after allowing Anton Ferdinand to join the Turkish side Bursaspor on loan, and seeing Ryan Nelsen leave the club to become coach of Toronto FC.
Speaking after seeing his side held champions Manchester City to a 0-0 draw on Tuesday night, Redknapp said: “I’ve always taken Crouchy wherever I’ve been: Southampton, Portsmouth, Tottenham . . . I love him. Whether Stoke would sell him, I don’t know.
"Samba is a player you’d love to have, and the chairman’s working on several options. I’ve given him a list of players and he’s trying to get one or two for us.”
Redknapp believes he needs three or four new signings to give the squad a chance of avoiding relegation, having already added the French striker Loïc Rémy.
Yun, 22, made his full South Korea debut last October in a World Cup qualifier against Iran and impressed during the Olympic tournament. QPR overcame interest from Liverpool and Fulham, and now he has been granted a work permit he will be eligible to play for Rangers once his visa is processed.
Pulis, meanwhile, is preparing for the potential summer sale of goalkeeper Asmir Begovic with a late move for Birmingham’s England international Jack Butland. The Stoke manager is set to make a £3million bid on Thursday but faces competition from Fulham, who are understood to have offered £4million, and Southampton.
Stoke view the teenage goalkeeper as a long-term replacement for Begovic, who is rated at around £12million and has been watched frequently by Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal this season.
Begovic could leave at the end of the season if Stoke receive a suitable offer so Pulis is planning to buy Butland and then loan him back to Birmingham for the remainder of the campaign. Even if Begovic stays, Stoke are happy to loan out Butland to a Premier League club next season to give him experience.
Stoke are also set to sign Brek Shea, the versatile United States international, from FC Dallas for around £2million and may take the Bolton Wanderers left-back Marcos Alonso on loan for the rest of the season.
Alonso, 22, is out of contract in the summer and could solve Stoke’s hunt for a left-back after they abandoned their attempt to sign PSV Eindhoven’s Erik Pieters.
Pulis said: “We could certainly do with freshening the place up and bringing a few players in. We have 30 points with 14 games to go but pressure wise, this is probably the greatest I’ve been under in respect of myself.” TELEGRAPH
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