Samba keen to reunite with Hughes
Published 17/01/2012 | 05:00
Christopher Samba is understood to be keen to reunite with Mark Hughes, who brought him to the Premier League from Hertha Berlin in January 2007, and join Queens Park Rangers after handing in a transfer request at Blackburn Rovers yesterday.
Blackburn insist that Samba is not for sale but it is believed they have quoted a fee of around £12m to interested clubs. However, both Queens Park Rangers and Tottenham Hotspur want to pay around half that amount for the 27-year-old central defender.
Last week QPR, who hope to make three signings this week ahead of Saturday's crucial Premier League game at home to Wigan Athletic, were resigned to the likelihood that Samba would join Spurs in this January transfer window should he quit Ewood Park.
Indeed Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp indicated that he was confident that Samba would join his club if a bid was submitted.
However, Spurs are also aware that Hughes' appointment at Loftus Road could be a factor in persuading the Congo defender to move there and will not enter a bidding war. (© Daily Telegraph, London)