CHRIS Samba will ignore overtures from Spurs and join QPR instead following Mark Hughes ’ appointment at Loftus Road today.
The £8million rated Blackburn Rovers defender was already on Rs shopping list, but was understood to be lukewarm about coming to west London under Neil Warnock – sacked on Sunday after a run of poor results.
However, even before Hughes signed a two-and-a-half year deal at Rangers, the new man was putting out feelers in a bid to sign for the second time a player he brought to Rovers in January 2007.
Samba is one of four on Hughes’ immediate list including left back Wayne Bridge , and the French-born centre back has told friends he is excited about linking up with a manager who gave him his break in the English top flight.
A source close to the player said: “If the deal can be done, Chris would prefer Rangers under a manager he knows he can trust and work with, rather than gamble at Spurs where certain players have not flourished as anticipated when they were bought.”