QPR were on alert last night that Chris Samba could finally make it to Loftus Road.
The former Blackburn central defender (pic) was in the Rangers frame in January – but much to Samba's disgust, Rovers refused to sell him to a relegation rival.
Instead, the man signed by Rs boss Mark Hughes for Blackburn in 2007, switched allegiance to new Russian rich kids Anzhi Makhachkala bankrolled by a Roman Abramovich-type benefactor.
However, the love affair with things east lasted barely a month after Samba was taunted with bananas thrown on the pitch during the game.
The defender made light of the affair publicly, but was privately seething despite playing regularly for a side coached by the legendary Guus Hiddink.
A source close to Samba said: “Of course Chris would be interested if Mark Hughes made an approach.
“Naturally, it would depend on a number of things and whether Anzhi were willing to sell.
“Chris doesn’t have anything against the club, but the banana incident hurt.”
Rangers priority is a central defender after releasing both Fitz Hall and Danny Gabbidon, but it would need a bid of around £8million to prise Samba away from a four-year contract at Anzhi.