Official: Samba returns to Anzhi

The Congolese defender only joined QPR in January but, following the relegation of Harry Redknapp's side to the Championship, the 29-year-old has gone back to Russia
Christopher Samba has returned to Anzhi Makhachkala from QPR, both clubs have confirmed.

The R's revealed on their official website that they have received an undisclosed club record fee for the defender, believed to be roughly €14 million, who only joined the club in the January transfer window from the Russian club.

Samba, thought to have earned over €100,000 per week at the west London club, often failed to live up to expectations at Loftus Road and was badly at fault for two of Fulham's goals in a crucial 3-2 defeat against the Cottagers in April.

The Congolese centre-back made just 10 appearances for Harry Redknapp's side after he was signed to help the club battle, unsuccessfully, against relegation.

Instead, the club are now looking to get some of their highest earners off the books, with Jay Bothroyd and Djibril Cisse already departing QPR, while Julio Cesar and Adel Taarabt are both available for transfer.