Samba in London to seal 12.5m QPR switch as Anzhi manager Hiddink blasts: He didn't even say goodbye
14:09 GMT, 30 January 2013
22:18 GMT, 30 January 2013
Nearly there: Samba looks set to join QPR
Christopher Samba is in London to put the finishing touches on his move to QPR after the Premier League strugglers met the 12.5million release clause in his contract.
Samba has been playing for Anzhi Makhachkala but Guus Hiddink, manager of the Russians, has conceded defeat in his bid to hold on to the defender.
Hiddink said: 'He left for England yesterday. I hope that today or tomorrow we'll find out what has really happened.
'It's a shame to talk about this but he didn't even say goodbye, he didn't explain anything to us.
'Whatever happens to you, you should take into account the people with whom you work.
'It's not a great situation for us. He started the pre-season camps with us but then suddenly in the last few days he started to make contact with England, that's despite still being on contract with Anzhi.'
Rangers chairman Tony Fernandes asked manager Harry Redknapp last week if he wanted former Blackburn defender Samba at Loftus Road.
Fernandes is tying up the deal for Rangers and they expect him to be registered in time to make his debut in the must-win Barclays Premier League clash with Norwich this weekend.
Case for the defence: Redknapp needs Samba (left) at Loftus Road
He was a previous target for Redknapp
when he was Tottenham manager but moved to the Russian side almost a year ago after
being offered a huge financial package. Samba's family still live in England and the 28-year-old has been keen to return.
Rangers are desperate for central defenders as Ryan Nelsen played his final game in the 0-0 draw against Manchester City on Tuesday evening and will move to Toronto this week. Anton Ferdinand has gone to Turkey on loan at Bursaspor.
Meanwhile, QPR have given Alejandro Faurlin permission to speak to Palermo over a loan move.
On the move: Alejandro Faurlin looks set to leave QPR on loan
The 26-year-old is one a handful of survivors from the Hoops side that secured the npower Championship title in 2011.
However, the midfielder could now be off to Serie A side Palermo on loan until the end of the season.
Faurlin has been given permission to speak to the Sicilian outfit, although it is understood the deal is not with a view to a permanent move.
QPR have been one of the most active clubs this month, with Loic Remy, Tal Ben Haim and Yun Suk-young all arriving at Loftus Road.
Several players have also left the club in January, with Anton Ferdinand, Djibril Cisse and Rob Hulse amongst those loaned out.
QPR, who also tried but failed in a bid to sign Portugal defender Bruno Alves from Zenit St Petersburg, are continuing talks over a 6.5m deal for Stoke striker Peter Crouch. Stoke manager Tony Pulis has opted against taking Jamie Mackie as a makeweight.
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