Queens Park Rangers have this afternoon agreed a fee for giant defender Christopher Samba with Anzhi Makhachkala.
The 28-year old has left their Winter training camp, to board a flight to London to undergo a medical and agree personal terms with the club.
It is believed the Hoops met his release clause which is set at £10 million, which is a strong signal of intent by Manager Harry Redknapp in his quest to keep the club in the Premier League.
Samba’s likely arrival comes a day after central defender Ryan Nelsen left the club to take over as the Manager of Toronto FC.
Portuguese defender Rolando has rejected the opportunity to move to the Premier League to join Napoli, and reports breaking from Fulham have stated the club have had an offer for Brede Hangeland rejected this afternoon.
Samba has spent time in the Premier League with Blackburn Rovers, before moving to Russia last January, and would be a strong defensive signing for the club.
Anzhi Manager Guus Hiddink confirmed in the Russian newspaper, Sport Express: “It’s not a very good situation,”
“Samba was with us during this season, began preparations for the winter training camps and suddenly this opportunity arose with an English club.”
“Yesterday he left for England. Unfortunately we didn’t even have a chance to say goodbye to him. Everything has developed very quickly.”