Jan 31 2013 By Matt Lewis
QPR have pulled out all the stops on transfer deadline day to complete a club record deal for Chris Samba.
Samba has signed a four-and-a-half year deal at Loftus Road after Rangers agreed an undisclosed club record fee with Anzhi Makhachkala for the player’s signature.
The 28-year-old experienced centre-back has been on QPR’s radar for some time but the move is now complete subject to the player receiving international clearance.
He will act as a replacement for the departing Ryan Nelsen who is moving across the pond to Toronto in Canada.
Rangers boss Harry Redknapp told the club's official website: “This is an unbelievable signing.
“Tony Fernandes deserves a lot of credit for this one – he has worked so hard on bringing him in.
“I was speaking with him a month ago and he asked me who I would want to sign if Ryan Nelsen left, he asked me to give him a couple of names.
“I said to him, ‘Well, these aren’t possible to get but if you’re asking me who I’d have, I’ll give you a couple of players.’ One of them was Chris Samba.
“The next thing I know he’s telling me that he’s working on bringing him in! It’s amazing.
“Chris is just what we need. He’s a monster. Great in the air, quick, a leader, strong, fantastic in both boxes, hard as nails. He’s a proper centre-half.”
Samba has made 23 appearances for Anzhi this season, scoring three goals.
Meanwhile, QPR midfielder Alejandro Faurlin has joined Palermo on loan for the rest of the season.