Samba shock as he rushes off to Russia
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.