Redknapp claims Arsenal could have bought Samba

Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp is surprised Arsenal never made an offer for defender Chris Samba when he was available, Daily Star reports.

Arsenal’s leaky defence was exposed yet again as they conceded two poor goals in the North London derby to leave them seven points behind rivals Tottenham in the hunt for the Champions League places. Redknapp believes Gunners boss Arsene Wenger had the perfect chance to solve his defensive issues with Samba, before he made his switch to Russian side Anzhi. Samba is now at QPR, trying to keep the Hoops in the Premier League, and Redknapp is mystified that his current centre-half was not snapped up by Arsenal when he was at Blackburn.

Redknapp said: “When he was sold, I could never understand why Arsenal did not sign him that time. He is everything you need. He is quick, he can play round his feet. He is a proper centre-half. He could play anywhere in this country and for all the top teams.”

Samba signed for Rangers for a club-record free of £12.5m, but Redknapp has revealed that Samba could have been moving away from QPR as soon as he had signed. It is thought Zenit made a move for the Congolese international, just hours before their own February transfer window shut. Redknapp admits that he spoke to chairman Tony Fernandes about the deal and would have had no problem if the 28 year old had left.

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