Sources close to Christopher Samba are still of the opinion that a move to QPR could still happen before the transfer window slams shut next Tuesday.
The Blackburn centre-half has handed in a transfer request at Ewood Park and hasn’t featured for the club since, missing last Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Everton.
Blackburn manager Steve Kean insists Samba will still be a Blackburn player at the end of the window but player power is usually a hard thing to overturn and it is looking increasingly likely that Samba will get his move to re-join former boss Mark Hughes at Loftus Road.
Hughes has already tabled an official bid for the player rumoured to be around the £5m mark, which was rebuffed by Blackburn. It is believed that if Rovers are going to sell than the fee would have to be nearer the £10m mark. The QPR board are unlikely to stump up that sort of cash but somewhere around the £7m mark could be a deal both sides could be on board with.
QPR are also able to offer the powerful centre-back an increase on his current financial package at Rovers. He is rumoured to be getting £30,000 per week at Rovers but QPR’s financial clout mean they could afford to offer the player a £60,000-a-week deal plus bonuses for keeping the club in the Premier League.
Hughes is still desperate to get a dominant centre back that will help the club clamber away from the relegation places. He has managed to agree a deal with Nedum Onouha but he is more seen as a full-back option rather than to marshal the defence from a central position.