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Why Chris Samba is a gamble Newcastle cannot afford

As we edge closer and closer to the January transfer window, many clubs will look to seize the chance to add or streamline their squads in hope of achieving their respective season objectives.

While Newcastle have managed a respectable goal tally of 17 (at the time of writing), they face an urgent need to patch up a leaky defence- they have conceded just as many as they have scored.

In this regard, there have been reports of interest in Chris Samba, best known for his tenure in Blackburn Rovers in which he has featured, oddly enough, in a couple of matches in the 2008/09 campaign as a striker.

The Congolese has since featured for Anzhi Makhachkala, played briefly at Queen’s Park Rangers until their relegation, moved back to Anzhi and now at Dynamo Moscow. He was frequently the subject of racial abuse during his time at Anzhi but endeavoured to stay on at the club

Newcastle, if willing to make a move, will be locked in a battle with West Ham who are reportedly keen to meet his £9.7 million valuation.

The defender is rumoured to be unsettled at Dynamo Moscow and is just as open to a return to the Premier League given his family have made their home in England from his Blackburn days.

However, Samba is notably at his physical peak at the age of 29 and should he fall short of the expectations that come with his considerable wage package and fee, it is almost impossible to recoup losses for a player who would be well into his 30s.

Thus, this is why Newcastle would be better off either convincing Coloccini (who is rumoured to a return to his native Argentina) to stay put or looking to more economical alternatives to bolstering their defence.

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About Harry Savill (Editor) (418 Articles)
I am the Editor of 'The Spectator's View'. I set up the website so that I could combine my two passions: Newcastle United and writing, and I hope for it to be a platform where fans can express their views on the club. History Graduate from Durham University. Junior Account Executive at M&C Saatchi.

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