Enquiries made over the availability of defender after just one game at Loftus Road.
Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp has had enquiries from “big clubs” over the availability of defender Christopher Samba after just one game at Loftus Road.
Former Blackburn Rovers defender Samba was brought back to the Premier League when QPR signed him from Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala in the January transfer window for a club record £10.6million.
The giant Congolese centre-back made his debut last weekend, replacing Ryan Nelson in the QPR defence following the New Zealander’s appointment as head coach of MLS side Toronto FC, and Redknapp has subsequently fielded calls about Samba’s future.
The question came in regards to Samba’s future should strugglers QPR be relegated from the top-flight with the defender having signed a four-and-a-half year contract that would be unsustainable in the Championship.
“When people say he is a risk and you’re putting the club in a difficult position if it went down, you could sell Chris Samba for what you paid or more at the end of the season if you wanted to,” Redknapp told Sportinglife. “Without a shadow of a doubt.
“I had a chairman ring me a week ago asking me about him and saying ‘what would you do if you went down?’ I said ‘we ain’t going to go down’ but he said ‘well, we want to sign him…if we’d have known he was available’. I am talking about a big club.
“There will be big clubs wanting him. Big clubs, not a danger. I could see a club not too far away 18 months ago and I thought ‘surely they’ve got to take Samba?’ I was always after Samba at Tottenham. Always.”
Samba was one of a number of big name additions to the QPR ranks as Redknapp attempts to stave off the threat of relegation. He was joined Loic Remy and Jermaine Jenas amongst others but Saturday’s 4-1 defeat at Swansea City put a big dent in the hopes of avoiding the drop.