QPR willing to break the bank for Samba
Queens Park Rangers will offer Christopher Samba a weekly wage of £100,000 to convince the former Blackburn Rovers defender to leave Anzhi Makhachkala and join their Premier League survival fight, the Daily Mirror has reported.
The league’s bottom side will pay Russian club Anzhi £12.5m, the Mirror adds, after meeting Samba’s release clause. If Samba is signed before Thursday’s transfer deadline then it will be the second time in a month that QPR have made a new signing the highest paid player in their history - the honour previously went to Loic Remy, who takes home £70,000 per week after his £7m move from Marseille.
QPR are expected to be busy on transfer deadline day, with the newspaper also claiming a move for Stoke City striker Peter Crouch will be pushed through before the 11pm deadline - a fee of £4m has been mooted - and manager Harry Redknapp will also swoop for a trio of players from his former club Tottenham Hotspur. Winger Andros Townsend and midfielder Jermaine Jenas could move on loan, while David Bentley has been linked with a free transfer.
After drawing 0-0 with champions Manchester City on Tuesday evening, the R’s sit four points adrift of safety. The three teams directly above them - Aston Villa, Wigan Athletic and Reading - each have 20 points, with the Royals out of the drop zone on goal difference.
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