Newcastle United are rumoured to be interested in QPR centre back Christopher Samba as the task of bolstering the squad begins.
Despite having joined The Rs in January, the 29 year old could already be on his way out after Redknapp’s side were relegated with barely a whimper.
Though the ex-Spurs boss has expressed his desire to maintain the services of the colossal defender, such an aim may not be in line with QPR owner Tony Fernandes who talks of a complete overhaul of the club’s running and outlook.
Additionally, Samba has experienced a torrid few months at Loftus Road, with two individual errors in their defeat to Fulham, followed by an angry reaction on Twitter, pretty much summing up his fortunes thus far.
Nevertheless, there can be no denying that the Congo international is an excellent player. At Blackburn Rovers, he proved to be their most reliable player through a tough period in the club’s history. In fact, Sam Allardyce was renowned for occasionally playing Samba up front in the latter stages of games hoping his strength and presence would pay dividends.
With the rumoured departure of skipper Coloccini this summer, the central defence will be an area in which Pardew will have to rebuild. Despite a difficult past twelve months, I remain convinced that Chris Samba is more than capable of performing in the Premier League.
However, we can’t look at it all through rose tinted spectacles. As most of you will know, QPR’s notoriously high wage cap (if there even is one) means that it could be difficult to snatch some of their players off them, for the modern day footballer is often allergic to a wage cut despite an opportunity to perform at a higher level.
Certainly, Samba’s move last summer to Russian oligarchs Anzhi says something about his priorities and attitude towards money, especially given that some of the top teams in Europe were interested in him.
So, though it might sound glaringly obvious, it seems that the only way a deal could be struck is if Samba is willing to take a wage cut, for I certainly don’t want a player on £100,000 a week and causing a wage disparity within the squad, which could also damage morale. Let’s wait to find out whether he puts football ahead of the dosh.