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Neil Warnock is keen to bolster his squad in January, and is eyeing a swift move for the centre-back, but may face competition from title-chasers Tottenham for the player

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Blackburn Rovers defender Christopher Samba has become the subject of a £5 million bid from QPR, according to the Press Association.

New owner Tony Fernandes promised to bolster the squad at Loftus Road in January and he has made an early move with a swoop for Blackburn's star centre-back, having already secured the services of Manchester United striker Federico Macheda on loan until the end of the season.

However, with a number of other clubs believed to be interested in the Congolese player – most notably Tottenham, who are expected to make an £8m bid – it is unclear if Rovers will accept the offer from QPR.

Neil Warnock has spoken candidly of his need to reinforce a squad that has experienced an alarming dip in form, with the west London outfit currently sat just one point above the relegation zone.

Fernandes' arrival at club in August sparked a flurry of late transfer activity from the newly-promoted side, with Anton Ferdinand and Shaun Wright-Phillips amongst the arrivals.

Samba joined Blackburn in 2007 from Hertha Berlin. He has forged a reputation as a threat from set-pieces and has scored 18 times for Rovers in his five-and-a-half years at the club.

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