QPR transfers: I’d love to have Chris Samba here, says Ryan Nelsen

QPR transfers: Ryan Nelsen admits he would to have his former Blackburn team-mate Chris Samba at the Loftus Road outfit

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles
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Mark Hughes signed Ryan Nelsen on a free transfer this summer Photo: The Sport Review

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Ryan Nelsen admits he would love to play alongside his former Blackburn Rovers team-mate Chris Samba at Queens Park Rangers amid rumours linking the defender with a move to west London.

The New Zealand international played alongside Samba in the centre of defence at Ewood Park after Mark Hughes snapped up the Congo defender for a bargain £450,000 from Hertha Berlin in 2007.

Cash-rich Russian outfit Anzhi Mackhachkala signed the 27-year-old in February, with the centre-half reportedly earning in the region of £100,000 a week.

But with QPR struggling defensively, there is speculation suggesting the Hoops manager Hughes might swoop to bring Samba back to the Premier League – a move Nelsen would be in favour of.

“I text Chris all the time,” said Nelsen.

“He’s a fantastic player and proven player and defender in the Premier League. He was a success here [in England]. It would be a great coup to get Chris back.

“You’re asking the wrong guy [if QPR can afford the defender], but if I had it my way, he’s a great player and I’d love him here.”

However, Hughes was tight-lipped about a potential attempt to sign Samba, with the QPR boss suggesting the club might not have the funds to complete a deal for the centre-half.

“I haven’t seen that to be perfectly honest,” added Samba.

“I don’t like talking about players at other clubs, and he’s at a club where I’d imagine he’s paid a substantial amount of money to work hard for his club and that may take him out of the equation in terms of what we could go to.”

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