QPR complete deal for Diakite as Mali midfielder make permanent switch to Loftus Road
14:39 GMT, 27 June 2012
QPR have completed the permanent signing of Mali midfielder Samba Diakite from French side Nancy for an undisclosed fee.
Diakite has agreed a four-year deal with the Loftus Road club having initially joined on loan last season.
The 23-year-old made nine appearances for Rangers last term, receiving a red card on debut against Fulham and scoring the winning goal against Arsenal.
I'm staying! Diakite has signed a new deal to remain at Loftus Road
QPR boss Mark Hughes told www.qpr.co.uk: 'Samba was a real find for us in January, so we're delighted he's joined us permanently.
'He's a very accomplished footballer and he's made to measure for the Premier League.
'He's got good pace, strength and ability on the ball and he's going to be a great asset for us going forward. There's still so much more to come from him.
'He's only been exposed to the Premier League for a handful of games, so I'm sure he's raring to go and get back into the action again.'
Credit where it's due: Rangers boss Hughes is delighted Diakite is staying
Diakite was equally pleased to seal the move.
'It's a dream come true to sign this contract,' he said. 'I loved my time here on loan and I couldn't be happier to join QPR on a permanent deal.
'It's a fantastic club to play for and the owners have great plans for the future – I am just delighted to be part of it.
'This is a really exciting move for me.'