Premier League - Samba set for shock Anzhi move

Fri, 24 Feb 08:51:00 2012

Blackburn Rovers defender Chris Samba is poised to sign for Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala on Friday.

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Widespread reports indicate that Anzhi have agreed a deal for the defender, though estimates of the transfer fee range from £7.5 million to £12 million.

The Russian transfer window closes at 9pm on Friday and it is believed that Samba will sign a three-year contract if he passes a medical.

The DR Congo international has had a six-week feud with Blackburn since handing in a transfer request in an effort to force his departure from Ewood Park in January, and has not represented the side since January 2.

Both Queens Park Rangers and Tottenham Hotspur showed interest in Samba but were unable to secure a deal, with Blackburn adamant they would not sell their former captain.

But with Samba still taking no part in first-team action, Blackburn have now decided to part ways with the centre-back.

Anzhi, cash-rich but based in the volatile Dagestan province, recently appointed Guus Hiddink as their new coach and have spent heavily on the likes of Samuel Eto'o, Roberto Carlos and Yuri Zhirkov over the past 12 months.

Rovers, meanwhile, have issued a statement to deny they have missed a payment due to Dundee United for striker David Goodwillie.

Rovers confirmed they paid the instalment in full on Monday.

A statement on the club's official website read: "Further to press speculation regarding the supposed non-payment of an instalment for the transfer of David Goodwillie from Dundee United, Blackburn Rovers Football Club would like to put the record straight.

"The club can confirm it paid all the monies (in accordance with regulations) to the FA on Monday and we are surprised to find this story in the media."

Scotland international Goodwillie moved to Ewood Park from the SPL club in August last year.

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