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Harry reels in Samba

DONE DEAL: Samba is QPR's man now

HARRY REDKNAPP’S QPR have bought centre-half Christopher Samba from Russian team Anzhi Makhachkala for a club record of £12.5m.

The defender, who played for Blackburn Rovers between 2007 and 2012, marks his return to England with a four-and-a-half-year contract at his new west London club. The French-born player, who represents Congo internationally, is the first of several more transfer arrivals expected to sign deals at Loftus Road before the January window closes.

Redknapp spoke highly of the 28-year-old centre-back, telling the club’s official website: “This is an unbelievable signing. Tony Fernandes [QPR owner] deserves a lot of credit for this one – he has worked so hard on bringing him in.

“I was speaking with him a month ago and he asked me who I would want to sign if Ryan Nelsen left, he asked me to give him a couple of names”, said the former Spurs boss.

“I said to him: 'Well, these aren't possible to get but if you're asking me who I'd have, I'll give you a couple of players.' One of them was Chris Samba. The next thing I know he's telling me that he's working on bringing him in! It's amazing.

“Chris is just what we need. He's a monster. Great in the air, quick, a leader, strong, fantastic in both boxes, hard as nails. He's a proper centre-half”, added Redknapp.

Talking about his completed move to London, Samba said: “I'm delighted to be back in the Premier League. It's the best league in the world to play football. I've been linked with the club for a long time. With Harry here, though, he is really passionate and he wants to do something with the club.”

Samba made 27 appearances for Anzhi, scoring three goals during his time in Russia.

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