Rescue me! Would Newcastle take €11m defender desperate to return to England?

Christopher Samba

Would former QPR and Blackburn defender Christopher Samba be a useful addition to Newcastle United's backline?

Newcastle United produced a defensive shocker on Monday night at Goodison Park, with the duo of Fabricio Coloccini and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa attracting much criticism.

The worrying point is for Toon fans, is these are supposed to be two of the more reliable centre-backs at the club, but questions are really emerging over whether Yanga-Mbiwa would be better off at left-back replacing Davide Santon.

With Steven Taylor and Mike Williamson in reserve, fans would surely wish they have deeper options or fresh faces to bolster their backline?

One defender who is keen to play in the Premier League, and not for the first time, is former Blackburn and QPR man Christopher Samba.

The centre-back was sold back to Anzhi Makhachkala during the summer, and then moved on again to Dynamo Moscow when Anzhi suffered their financial problems.

On Tuesday a report stating his desire to return to the Premier League has emerged, despite his recent move to the Moscow club.

His representatives have told Russian newspaper Izvestia that he has told Dynamo 'not to hinder' any offers which come in from the Premier League, such is his desire to return to England, having problems adapting to his new club.

Samba was brought to QPR last January on high wages with the aim of helping them secure survival but he was unable to do so, and made a couple of high profile individual errors. If you were looking to be kind to him, you could claim the pressure he was under combined with the wretched QPR team he joined made this unsurprising.

So would he be a good fit for Newcastle? He would certainly improve their options, and would add a physical presence which the side lacked up against the dominant Romelu Lukaku on Monday night.

While hailing from Congo, Samba was born in France and would have no issues communicating with Newcastle's French legion, and could be the sort of leader the club are looking for.

With Fabricio Coloccini's long-term future in doubt beyond next summer, Samba could be a more than useful stop-gap to aid the transition, but surely if Newcastle could get his new club to lower their valuation of the centre-back.

Newcastle fans what do you think? Would Samba be a useful addition or should the club steer clear and aim for somebody younger?



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