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Tottenham Hotspur have moved ahead of Fulham in the race for Blackburn Rovers' Congolese defender Christopher Samba, according to The Mirror.

The big centre-back criticised the club over the sacking of Sam Allardyce and is yet to play under new manager, Steve Kean, due to fitness problems.

Kean, however, is desperate to hold on to his star defender and has promised to continue with Samba as captain, should he decide to commit his future to the club.

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is known to be in the market for a defender following injuries to key defenders and the ongoing fitness concerns of both Jonathan Woodgate and Ledley King.

Samba would probably also be attracted by the prospect of Champions League football, and is available to play in the knockout stages of the competition.

Fulham boss Mark Hughes has also shown interest in the player, whom he signed for Rovers from Hertha Berlin whilst in charge at Ewood Park.


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