QPR consider tabling final offer for Samba

QPR will decide on Monday whether to table a pre-deadline bid for Chris Samba in the hope it persuades Blackburn to let the defender go.

Rangers have had two approaches for Samba rejected by Rovers, who insist he is not for sale despite him making it clear he wants to leave.

But with the player claiming he is no longer likely to give 100% for his current club, it is believed that a final offer could yet prise him away from Ewood Park.

Hughes is likely to be a busy man on deadline day.

Tottenham are also interested in the 27-year-old, who played under QPR boss Mark Hughes at Blackburn.

And Rangers are aware that Samba moving to north rather than west London would result in Spurs’ Sebastien Bassong becoming available.

In August the R’s thought they were signing Bassong on loan with a view to a permanent move, but the deal fell through when Tottenham were unable to complete the signing of Gary Cahill.

Determined to sign at least one centre-back, Rangers approached this transfer window expecting to buy Nedum Onuoha and hoping to capture one of Samba, Bassong or Brazil international Alex.

Onuoha duly completed his move from Manchester City, but Blackburn are reluctant to part with Samba and Rangers were unable to persuade Alex to join them rather than Paris St-Germain.

On Monday the club are also expected to follow up their recent interest in Hugo Rodallega with a firm offer.

Wigan have indicated that they are willing to sell the Colombian forward, whose contract expires later this year.

Hughes is also keen to strengthen his midfield and as well the defensively minded Samba Diakite – whose move from Nancy has been agreed – he would like to sign a more attacking player.

If Tottenham cannot be talked into a pre-deadline deal for Steven Pienaar, Hughes plans to pursue the South African or Stephen Ireland at the end of the season.

A move for Aston Villa’s Ireland, who played under Hughes at Manchester City, was discussed.

But Rangers quickly established that they are likely to have a greater chance of landing him in the summer.

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