Congo international to move to Russian big spenders.
Blackburn Rovers defender Christopher Samba joining Anzhi Makhachkala in £12 million deal
Christopher Samba is to leave Blackburn Rovers on Thursday in a surprise £12 million move to the cash-rich Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala.
Talks have progressed between Blackburn and Anzhi over the past few days, with Samba desperate to leave the Premier League club, having submitted a transfer request in January in the hope of moving to Queens Park Rangers or, possibly, Tottenham, who eventually signed his former team-mate Ryan Nelsen on a free transfer after his contract was cancelled.
Samba’s transfer request was rejected by Blackburn, who insisted that the club captain was not for sale, but it is understood that there was always a valuation which, if met, would lead to Samba’s departure. Blackburn wanted £15 million but have now accepted £12 million.
If indeed this source is correct then Steve Kean’s hopes of keeping his Ewood Park side clear of relegation this term have taken one hell of a battering. The 27 year old Congo international hasn’t played for Blackburn Rovers since January 2nd, since when the Lancashire side have conceded 15 goals in six matches.
Rovers sit in 17th spot on the same points as Wolves and QPR and Kean appeared keen on keeping Samba but now appears to have opted to take Anzhi’s very decent offer for the reliable centre back.
The former Hertha Berlin man will join the likes of Roberto Carlos, Samuel Eto’o and Yuri Zhirkov at the cash rich Dagestan based club who are putting a wealth of funds available for new additions as they look to secure a finish in the Russian Premier League that will result in a qualification for a European cup competition.
Anzhi currently sit in seventh spot, some three points from a Europa League berth and seven off a second spot finish that would yield a coveted Champions League spot.
Samba moved to Blackburn Rovers in January 2007 and has amassed a total of 184 appearances for the club.