Blackburn’s Samba wants a move

Blackburn defender Chris Samba says he has handed in a transfer request.

It comes after Rovers boss Steve Kean declared that the player was not for sale, despite interest from QPR and Tottenham.

Samba, 27, said in a statement: “I have today officially requested a transfer from Blackburn Rovers Football Club.

“I have personally informed the owners, manager and executives at the club that I want to leave in this transfer window.

“I have always given 100 per cent in every game I have played. I have had several opportunities to leave but I have always stayed.

“‘I have decided now is the right time for me to pursue a new challenge and I have asked the club to respect my decision and allow me to leave.”

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