QPR transfers: We received massive Chris Samba offer – Harry Redknapp

QPR transfers: Harry Redknapp says the Hoops received a "massive offer" for Chris Samba from an unamed Russian side last week

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Harry Redknapp signed Chris Samba for QPR on deadline day Photo: Soccer.ru, via Wikimedia

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Harry Redknapp has revealed that Queens Park Rangers turned down a “massive offer” for Chris Samba last week.

The Congo international has made four Premier League appearances for the Hoops after completing a £12.5m move to Loftus Road from Anzhi Makhachkala in January.

The centre-half was the subject of a bid from an unnamed Russian club on the country’s transfer deadline on 24 February, but chairman Tony Fernandes fended off the interest.

“We had an offer for Samba, right on the deadline and the chairman turned it down,” Redknapp said.

“We had an offer of more money than what we paid for Samba. The chairman had a massive offer for him to go back to Russia.

“The chairman asked me ‘what do you think?’ and I said ‘it is up to you, it is your club, it is your decision’.

“I would have had no problem. I left it to the chairman. He came back and said he had turned it down and said ‘get on with it’.

“The player probably spoke to the chairman but it was really important we kept him.

“It was really good for us. Had we had lost him, I would say that is football. He is a proper player.

“When he was sold, I could never understand why Arsenal did not sign him that time.

“He is everything you need. He is quick, he can play round his feet.

“He is a proper centre-half. He could play anywhere in this country and for all the top teams.”

Bottom-of-the-table QPR closed the gap on 17th-placed Wigan Athletic to four points with a 2-1 victory at Southampton on Saturday.

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