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Samba Diakite fighting depression

EXCLUSIVE: QPR ace Diakite returns home in fight against depression

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UPDATED:

22:49 GMT, 6 September 2012

Fight: Diakite has flown back to France

Fight: Diakite has flown back to France

Queens Park Rangers midfielder Samba Diakite has returned home to France to battle depression.

It is unclear what has triggered the problem, but Rangers will give the 23-year-old as much time he needs to recover.

The Mali man started QPR's first two Premier League matches but missed last weekend's clash against Manchester City without any explanation.

It is thought Diakite was given 10 days leave after the 1-1 draw at Norwich on August 25. However, 13 days after going to France, he is yet to return.

It is unclear whether Diakite will be available for the clash against Chelsea a week on Saturday.

QPR's club doctor has made regular trips across the channel to check on the midfielder, who is on a specially devised fitness regime in France.

Hughes made Diakite one of his first signings as manager in January – and he played a key role in the club's top-flight survival last season while on loan. QPR paid 3.5million for Diakite in the summer.

His case further highlights the problem of depression among footballers. The Professional Footballers' Association sent a booklet on how to handle the illness to their members last season.

Jimmy Kebe nearing return

Kebe hopes to be back training soon as Reading winger recovers from hamstring injury

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UPDATED:

18:18 GMT, 5 September 2012

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Reading midfielder Jimmy Kebe has revealed he hopes to be back in training in 10 days.

The 28-year-old Mali international played a pivotal role in Brian McDermott's npower Championship winning side last year but is yet to feature for the Royals this season due to an ongoing hamstring issue.

Nearly there: Jimmy Kebe will be back in training soon

Nearly there: Jimmy Kebe will be back in training soon

Kebe used Twitter to predict he would return to training in a little over a week as he looks to recover in time for fixtures against the likes of West Brom and Newcastle towards the end of the month.

He wrote: 'Doctor seen this morning for an injection on my hamstring…it's getting better though, should be back for training in 10 days hopefully.'

West Ham to sign Modibo Maiga

Maiga to make 5m switch to West Ham as Allardyce bolsters frontline

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UPDATED:

21:31 GMT, 13 July 2012

West Ham are close to a 5million move for Sochaux striker Modibo Maiga, 24, as revealed in Sportsmail.

The 24-year-old Mali forward almost joined Newcastle in January but the deal collapsed amid concerns over a knee problem.

Maiga is confident there will be no problems this time around and has also attracted interest from Stoke and Reading.

Sealed with a kiss: Modibo Maiga is heading for the Premier League

Sealed with a kiss: Modibo Maiga is heading for the Premier League

Queens Park Rangers sign Samba Diakite on permanent deal

QPR complete deal for Diakite as Mali midfielder make permanent switch to Loftus Road

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UPDATED:

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

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

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.'

West Ham leading the 4m chase for Modibo Maiga

West Ham leading the 4m chase for Mali striker Maiga

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UPDATED:

06:36 GMT, 13 June 2012

Target: Modibo Maiga

Target: Modibo Maiga

West Ham are in pole position to land Sochaux striker Modibo Maiga in a 4m deal.

The 24-year-old Mali forward almost joined Newcastle in January but the deal collapsed amid concerns over a knee problem.

Maiga is confident there will be no problems this time around and is also attracting interest from Stoke.

Reports in French newspaper L'Equipe claim West Ham are leading the chase to land his signature.

Sam Allardyce is looking to bolster
his forward line and is also monitoring Norwich's Grant Holt and Evian's Yannick Sagbo

Arsenal target Ghana defender Daniel Opare

Arsenal target Ghana defender Opare as Wenger plans summer spending spree

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger could continue his youth policy by snapping up Ghana defender Daniel Opare.

The Gunners boss will be handed a 55m transfer war chest in the summer to bolster the squad after seven trophyless seasons.

Target: Ghana defender Daniel Opare

Target: Ghana defender Daniel Opare

And Wenger has put Standard Liege full back Opare on his summer hitlist.

The 21-year-old was spotted by Real Madrid and played for the B team before joining Liege in 2010.

He was a non-playing member of Ghana's Africa Cup of Nations squad, who finished fourth after losing to Mali in the third place playoff.