Newcastle Reportedly In Negotiations For Top Defender

News coming out of Russia today that there are a number of Premier League clubs that would like to bring Christopher Samba back to England in January, and one of them is Newcastle United.

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Christopher Samba – at QPR in February

There is news that both Newcastle United and West Ham are already in negotiations with his club Dynamo Moscow for his transfer.

The former Blackburn Rovers player (185 appearances 18 goals) who has 26 caps for Congo, is keen to return to England, because his family have remained in England, after Christopher joined the Russian club from QPR in early July for £12M.

But there is just no way that Mike Ashley would cough up £12M for a 29 year-old, even though he is a very experienced player in the Premier League.

The Russian paper Izvestia is reporting that Dynamo are willing to let Samba return to England, but want close to the £12M they paid to QPR in the summer – so if that’s true it’s hard to believe Newcastle would be interested in the massive 6’4″ defender.

Like Loic Remy, Samba signed for bottom club QPR in January, in an attempt to save QPR from the drop, but they still were relegated and finished bottom of the league.

It’s hard to believe Newcastle would pay out £12M for a 29 year-old, although it may be that Fab Coloccini will be leaving the club in the summer, and we would need another center-half brought in next summer, if Colo does leave.

What do you think?

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20 comments so far

  • Graeme

    Nov 27, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #1

    The chances of us spending that sort of money, on one player, must be slightly lower than non existant!!

  • Best9

    Nov 27, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #2

    this is never gonna happen!!!

    i wouldnt want Samba anyway!

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Nov 27, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #3


    Standing area isn’t going to happen any time soon. I think the authorities are too scared that if they do it and then something happens then there will be absolute hell to pay. Hillsborough is still very raw for many people so I don’t think it’s feasible. Besides, it’s down to the FA, not the club or the fans.

  • bills-son

    Nov 27, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #4

    Samba and Dynamo must have a love hate relationship.

    One thing is for certain, we won’t be signing him.

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Nov 27, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #5

    Errr…no…why would we want a greedy mercenary anyway?

  • JaxtheMag

    Nov 27, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #6

    bollox hes 29

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 27, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #7

    Very very good CB who I would love at the club, given his all wherever he has playeed. I doubt we’d go for him for that money though, far too much when it could be used for 2 players.


    I know, safe standing will be in withing 3/4 years I think though, there are already talks of trials with lower league and as with all things, if the demand is there and clubs can see the profit they will push the FA who will no doubt allow it.

    Have you got any ideas for a better atmosphere?

    I think you get a lot of casual football fans go, so not those who know all the songs, willing to stand up and sing in front of others.

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 27, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #8

    There are bargains to be had in russia though, a lot of clubs are struggling financially as owners want to sell as interest is gone, especially at anzi…also lots of players dont realise how little enjoyment they get over there and want to come back to western europe.

  • anthc

    Nov 27, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #9

    This bloke was garbage for qpr last year. Overrated and no where that fee or the!

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Nov 27, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #10


    I haven’t been up to Newcastle for a little while but I do try to get to as many games down south as possible. Sadly that’s more difficult these days with the whole membership situation.

    I’m concerned about how the negativity about Mike Ashley creeps into the stadium though and concerned about the expectation levels being really high on a generation that has lived through the Entertainers and then SBR.

    People on here are often complaining about the atmosphere, but I do get the impression that we’re far from the worst when it comes to booing our own players!

  • Ancientcoptic

    Nov 27, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #11

    Samba with Blackburn = Relegated.

    Samba with QPR = Relegated.

    Kinda says it all.

  • mickg108

    Nov 27, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #12

    We may as well go for Agger @ the Fool..Sambas past it.

  • croftus5678

    Nov 27, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #13

    forgetting his price samba is a very good prem cb and would fit straight in however ! why would we get rid of collo and replace him for a cb thats maybe 3 years off him ?

    imo this story is rubbish.

  • magicbus

    Nov 27, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #14

    lol lol lol lol nuff said

  • MosesNUFC

    Nov 27, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #15

    Kurt Zouma should be our top priority at centre back, strong, can score headers, and promising (despite his suspension)

  • geordiejamie89

    Nov 28, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    Comment #16

    I find it hard to believe west ham or Newcastle are interested at that price. West ham aren’t flush after the Carroll transfer for starters. I could see Newcastle spending up to six million if the recoup 3 from colouring transfer though. And the wage budget wouldnt be too hard hit as coloccini is one of our high earners anyway.
    Wasn’t impressed when he was at qpr but that might be as much down to the team. Samba, ince, and gomis would be enough to push us towards Europe, then Remy signed on and r.Taylor back would be suffice for a good run the next season. Might sound a lot, but if you imagine one defender going out one in, ince and gomis are available cheap and we have players due to leave, shoal etc. That and Jonas being offloaded would be a success.

    Will never happen though. Wel wait until two pliers leave before we sign anyone.

  • shanghai fan

    Nov 28, 2013 at 6:27 AM

    Comment #17

    Played well at Blackburn, but poor at qpr. Having said that, he was in a terrible team at the time. At least he would be a massive aerial threat at set pieces. Assume we play one big one quick at the back, means replacing Williamson, who I think deserves his place as he’s been playing very well. So not worth the fee in my opinion, even at 5million.

  • shanghai fan

    Nov 28, 2013 at 6:32 AM

    Comment #18

    And center backs don’t need resting as much as offensive players. I would put the funds to a cabaye replacement, as I think he will go at the end of the World Cup. Someone who can pass it dynamically. HBA it’s all there for you, if you can sort the teamwork and work rate out!!!

  • Visten

    Nov 28, 2013 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #19

    So TDS @5 you don’t want Remy either then?

    Samba is pants for the record, same skill as Douglas but Douglas is a lot cheaper so this is a non story.

  • marshy

    Nov 28, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #20

    he is not a top defender.


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