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Samba leaves QPR to re-join Anzhi in Russia

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Relegated QPR will be relieved to have Christopher Samba off the wage bill © Getty Images
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Queens Park Rangers have confirmed Christopher Samba will re-join Anzhi Makhachkala, with a club-record transfer fee reportedly agreed upon.

Samba arrived in West London from the Russian club following a transfer deadline-day deal in January, but failed to prevent Harry Redknapp's side being relegated.

And with Redknapp now preparing for life in the second-tier, Samba - who had signed a four-and-a-half-year deal - has been allowed to return to Anzhi.

"Christopher Samba has today re-joined Anzhi Makhachkala for a club record undisclosed fee," a QPR statement read.

"Samba returns to the Russian club after a brief spell at Loftus Road, which saw him make 10 appearances in the Premier League.

"The club would like to wish Chris all the best for the future and thank him for his contribution to QPR during his spell in W12."

Samba endured a torrid, if brief, time at QPR after Anzhi claimed he had been offered the same £100,000-a-week wages that he had been on in Russia.

Anzhi director German Tkachenko said he thought QPR had "lost their minds" when they tendered a deal they alleged was worth £12.5 million.

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