Rangers confirm signing of Samba

QPR have completed the club-record signing of Chris Samba from Anzhi Makhachkala.

The former Blackburn defender, 28, has signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with the option of a further year and moves for a fee in the region of £12m.

Rangers missed out when he joined Anzhi from Blackburn last year but Samba was unhappy in Russia, and the Loftus Road regime had long been planning a move to capture him in this transfer window.

He made his name at Blackburn under Mark Hughes, who was confident of eventually bringing him back to England.

Faurlin has moved to Italy.
Faurlin has moved to Italy.

Rangers retained their interest following Hughes’ sacking as manager, while current boss Harry Redknapp is an admirer of the 28-year-old and discussed signing him while in charge at Tottenham.

Meanwhile Palermo have completed the signing of QPR midfielder Alejandro Faurlin.

He has joined the Italian club on loan for the rest of the season ahead of a possible permanent move there in the summer, when his future will be assessed.

A popular member of Rangers’ promotion-winning side of 2011, Faurlin was recently told he was not in Redknapp’s plans.

Redknapp is waiting to discover who his former club Tottenham are willing to make available ahead of tonight’s transfer deadline.

Potential deals for a number of Spurs’ fringe players have been discussed in recent weeks.



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