Samba shock as he rushes off to Rus­sia

Midweek Sport - - SPORT - By JIMMY POLLOCK

CHRISTOPHER SAMBA is on the verge of an amaz­ing U-turn by re­join­ing Anzhi Makhachkala for £12mil­lion.

The 29-year-old cen­tre-back was signed from the Rus­sian club in Jan­uary as the Hoops looked to beat the drop from the Pre­mier League.

But Samba will now re­turn to Anzhi – for the ex­act same price rel­e­gated QPR forked out for him.

It is a sur­prise move by the French-born defender, who ex­pressed his re­lief that QPR re­jected a bid from Rus­sia just weeks af­ter he signed.

“All the money in the world can­not make you happy if you don’t have your fam­ily with you,” Samba (above) said at the time.

“I came back to be with my fam­ily. Life needs to have both sides – en­joy your football and have your loved ones close to you.

“I have no plans to go back to Rus­sia.”

The for­mer Black­burn bruiser was one of Rangers’ key tar­gets in Jan­uary as Harry Red­knapp looked to shore up his leaky de­fence.

Samba failed to live up to his billing and was unim­pres­sive for the R’s, notably in a woe­ful dis­play against Ful­ham in April.

He gifted the Cot­tagers the open­ing two goals in a 3-2 de­feat that all but ended Rangers’ hopes of staving off rel­e­ga­tion. Samba did him­self few favours af­ter the game by hit­ting out at those ques­tion­ing his value and not many QPR fans will be sad to see the back of him. Other high earn­ers like Djib­ril Cisse (above left), Jay Bothroyd and DJ Camp­bell have all left this sum­mer as Rangers be­gin to cut their cloth ahead of life in the Cham­pi­onship.

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