Queens Park Rangers signed defender Christopher Samba for an undisclosed
club-record fee from Anzhi Makhachkala on a busy day of deadline day
dealing for the Premier League's bottom club.
28-year-old centre-back signed a four-and-a-half-year contract on Thursday and
will be free to join QPR's survival campaign once receiving
Hotspur's surplus midfielder Jermaine Jenas also joined the West London
club on an 18-month deal along with Spurs team-mate Andros Townsend who
agreed a loan deal.
Peter Odemwingie's desperate attempt to force through a move from West Bromwich Albion ended in embarrassing failure.
West Brom striker drove to QPR's Loftus Road ground without the
permission of his club but only got as far as the car park with Rangers
not prepared to talk.
Brom later issued a statement condemning Odemwingie's attempts to leave.
"No agreement has been reached with QPR over striker," West Brom said
on their website.
club can confirm they have held further discussions with QPR today but
those talks have so far proven fruitless and no agreement has been
"Albion would also like to make clear that Peter has not been given permission to speak to QPR about a potential move."
a Congo international with 26 caps, spent five years in England with
Blackburn Rovers from 2007-12 and joined Rangers after an 11-month
stint at Russian club Anzhi.
"This is an unbelievable signing," QPR manager Harry Redknapp said on the club website.
"[Chairman] Tony Fernandes deserves a lot of credit for this one - he has worked so hard on bringing him in.
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
Samba, who made
23 appearances for the Russian club after signing last February, is a
direct replacement for the departing Ryan Nelsen who was named head
coach of Major League Soccer club Toronto this month.
know what is going on with the project here. There is a very important
fan base here - I've played at Loftus Road before and it's fantastic,"
said Samba whose transfer fee was reported to be 12.5 million pounds by British newspapers.
"I wouldn't be here if I didn't believe we could get out of trouble."
a former England international, has been out of the picture at
Tottenham and the 29-year-old has spent time on loan at Aston Villa and
Nottingham Forest in the last two seasons.
He is reunited with Redknapp after working under at Tottenham.
fact that Harry Redknapp was here was a big factor. There's a big
challenge ahead of us in staying in league and I want to be part of it,"
Jenas told Sky Sports.
"There's no time to waste in this situation, so we need to hit the ground running, starting on Saturday with a win."
who play Norwich City on Saturday, are bottom of the Premier League
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