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Samba returns to Anzhi from QPR

July 5, 2013
By ESPN staff

QPR have confirmed Christopher Samba will rejoin Anzhi Makhachkala, with a club-record transfer fee reportedly agreed upon.

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GettyImagesChristopher Samba has sealed a return to Russia

Samba arrived at QPR from the Russian club following a transfer deadline-day deal in January, but failed to prevent the club being relegated.

With boss Harry 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 in west London after Anzhi claimed he had been offered the same £100,000-a-week wages by QPR 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 £12.5million.

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.