Which big money defender could be set for a return to England?

Christopher Samba

Newcastle United are linked with a January move for Christopher Samba, formerly of Blackburn and QPR, as Alan Pardew looks to bolster his defence.

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has been linked with a January bid for former QPR and Blackburn man Christopher Samba, as Mike Ashley prepares to support the former West Ham boss in the face of recent criticism.

Russian newspaper Izvestia has reported that the Magpies are currently in negotiations with Samba's club, Dinamo Moscow, to secure a January return to the Premier League.

Samba departed Loftus Road after a spell with Queens Park Rangers, which saw the club relegated under the leadership of Harry Redknapp. Samba then returned to Russia, for the £12m fee which QPR had paid for him just six months previously.

It is understood that Dinamo would be willing to allow Samba, 29, to return to England - but that they want a figure close to that of what they paid.

The £12m demand may prove a step too far for Newcastle, with Mike Ashley hardly renowned for spending big. In addition, the Congolese defender's £120k per week wages are likely to prove a massive sticking point.

Fabricio Coloccini could yet leave St. James' Park, leaving a void to be filled within the defensive ranks.

Izvestia claims that fellow Premier League outfit West Ham United are also keenly monitoring the situation.

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