Queens Park Rangers have triggered the £10 million release clause in Christopher Samba’s Anzhi Makhachkala contract.
QPR manager Harry Redknapp has been desperate to bring in a new defender during the transfer window, with Ryan Nelsen and Anton Ferdinand both departing the club this month.
Samba, 28, has already flown to London to have a medical and finalise negotiations with the west London side, just a year after leaving England for Russia in a £12.3 million move from Blackburn Rovers.
While Redknapp may soon be delighted with his new capture, Anzhi manager Guus Hiddink is far from impressed by the player’s exit.
“It’s not a very good situation,” he told Russian paper Sport Express. “Samba was with us during this season, began preparations for the winter training camps and suddenly this opportunity arose with an English club.
“Yesterday, he left for England. Unfortunately we didn’t have a chance to say goodbye to him. Everything has developed very quickly.”
A possible reason for Samba’s exit is the suggestion he has never been fully happy at Anzhi, particularly given some of the social issues around Russian football.
Although the Congo international recently spoke of his joy at playing under Hiddink, as well as with the likes of Samuel Eto’o and Roberto Carlos, he has been very vocal in his refusal to accept racist abuse at some Russian stadiums.
Samba would be QPR’s second defensive recruit if he signs on at Loftus Road, following Wednesday’s capture of South Korea international Yun Suk-Young.