Queens Park Rangers have triggered the release clause in Christopher Samba’s contract with Anzhi Makhachkala.
The Premier League’s bottom club are looking to bolster their defence in the final days of the transfer window after allowing Anton Ferdinand to join Bursaspor on loan and with Ryan Nelsen set to take over as head coach of Toronto FC.
QPR boss Harry Redknapp has already moved for Korean left-back Yun Suk-Young and confirmed his interest in signing former Blackburn centre-back Samba ahead of Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with Manchester City.
“I like Christopher Samba and he is a very good player but at this stage I don’t see him leaving Russia. Things can changes but at this stage we’re not close to doing anything,” Redknapp said.
Samba attempted to force through a move to QPR in the 2012 January transfer window but Blackburn rejected his transfer request before letting him leave for Anzhi the following month.
Redknapp had switched his attentions to Fulham defender Brede Hangeland before activating Samba’s release clause, but their London rivals rebuffed an approach.
The club earlier completed the signing of South Korea international Yun on a three-year deal.
The west London club secured the left-back’s services from Chunnam Dragons for an undisclosed fee and the player has been granted a work permit.
The 22-year-old, who has one international cap for his country, is set to be officially confirmed upon gaining a visa.
He will join compatriot Park Ji-Sung at Loftus Road.