Black confirms Samba talks

Talks ongoing with Russians over late move for Rovers defender

Chris Samba: Blackburn defender in talks with Anzhi Makhachkala about a move to Russia

Blackburn Rovers assistant manager Eric Black has confirmed talks are ongoing about a possible move for Chris Samba to Anzhi Makhachkala.

The transfer window in Russia does not close until Friday and big-spending Anzhi are lining up a late move for unsettled Rovers defender Samba.

Samba handed in a transfer request at Blackburn in January, but he failed to secure a move away from Ewood Park before the transfer window closes.

QPR are thought to have had several bids rejected, while Spurs were also credited with an interest in the 27-year-old.


Reports in Russia have claimed Anzhi are ready to offer Samba a lucrative three-year deal with new coach Guus Hiddink keen to bolster his squad.

Black has now confirmed Rovers are in talks with Anzhi as they weigh up selling the want-away central defender.

"I think negotiations are ongoing at the moment," said Black. "I don't really know the details and I'm not really in a position to comment further on that, but negotiations are ongoing.

"I've only heard bits and pieces, but I know the manager is speaking as we speak and hopefully there will be an outcome soon."

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