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If you thought yesterday was bad...

After the long, hard day that was the Phil Jones saga yesterday you could be forgiven for thinking we deserve a day of relative calm.

But oh no, you would be wrong. Rumours are circulating that Arsenal are ready to swoop into Ewood Park with a truck load of cash and expect Rovers to send Chris Samba back in their direction in exchange.

Samba is known to be exploring his options this summer and will hardly have been thrilled to see Rovers lose their main youth prospect to Manchester United yesterday.

Steve Kean and the Blackburn management will be loathe to lose Samba as it will mean having a completely new centre back pairing for the start of next season.

But money talks in football... Brace yourself for another nervy 24 hours.

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Writer: Mikey Delap Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday June 9 2011

Time: 10:31AM

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Put through a wringer at the moment aren't we?!
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09/06/2011 10:34:00

Unfortunately I think Big Chris will be off to Arsenal. On another note - some possible good news - Stephen Warnock will be back in a Rovers shirt within the next month .Very good source :)
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09/06/2011 10:46:00

A signing would come in handy about now, and one which shows rovers mean business, Take a brave man to ring Rovers today though asking about Samba after Jones has just left the building
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09/06/2011 11:06:00

If there is no 'get out clause' rovers should state that "he is not for sale at any price."
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09/06/2011 11:18:00

Just keeps getting better doesn't it. :/ Agree with Glen we need a quality signing in the next few days!
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09/06/2011 11:19:00

Samba has just been seen in mothercare buying a new pram
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09/06/2011 11:26:00

Lol. Was that a joke which completely went over my head, Glen? Or was it just the most random comment of the week? Don't panic, people, we have faced adversity before and we've always beaten it, so have some faith. Venky's at least give us a chance of keeping hold of Samba, whereas under the Walker Trust, we would have no chance of matching Arsenal's wage after. Wenger, as I said before, 18m or ***** off!
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09/06/2011 11:36:00

Wage offer, not wage after* stupid phone.
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09/06/2011 11:37:00

He was buying it if he needs to throw his toys :-p, but yes i agree No-one could have kept him at Rovers, his mind was made up, but it may just fall foul as its being investigated, Samba on the other hand needs to get his head down, act like the captain and keep the players focused. I'm sure Rovers will have players in by the time they return for training
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09/06/2011 11:47:00

quality player, far better than jones. hope he doesn't go to the gooners, would have him a spurs tomorrow, great player.
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09/06/2011 12:02:00

Ah, makes sense now! lol. We will, and I am confident the players we sign will appease the fans.
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09/06/2011 12:07:00

Is there a mobil site of this page? Could see that fanben users his phone so just thought I would ask :-) Those who want to leave, let them leave. I don't want any players who doesn't want to be here (getting a bit worried about the hoilett contact though). Steve Kean really get the change to set his own team now, like it or not. I might just think through the danish players who could be replacement if faxe has something to say. Will leave it at the forum.
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09/06/2011 12:16:00

It looks like he's on his way. If Gary Cahill is worth 17m then Samba should be a minimum 20m but I think we'll end up with about half that. We need a big signing in the next few days to have any hope of keeping Samba IMO.
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09/06/2011 13:03:00

if samba goes for 18million the chicken fu,ckers will have der money back in 1 year would like to see warnock back with us again bring in upson for a replacement 4 samba & c cole would be a great signing knowing are kean he ll probable dont bring in any CB and bring back og king hanley
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09/06/2011 14:13:00

club worth 32million... jones worth 16m & samba worth 18m
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09/06/2011 14:15:00

**** **** ****... that just about sums it up
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09/06/2011 16:11:00

I love the maths... the football club cost 23 million and Samba and Jones are worth 28 million!
Mikey Delap
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09/06/2011 16:15:00

Season ticket renewal packs arrived todayso that's 2x225 and a young adult at 145 , still cheaper than a united ticket ! A teacher friend whose dad brought her up as rovers fan / season tkt holder said today - she wished she,d been brought up as a utd fan and would pay 900 to watch quality ( I suspect she is hurting at the moment , only 23 and upset about state of affairs .guess my point is many youngish fans are thinking I'm not paying to watch my team struggle ? I say it's cheap prem football and support team through thick and thin ! Rovers till I die 
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09/06/2011 17:12:00

I could cry, and of all days, today I arrived home to find my 2011-2012 season ticket application on my door mat!! Nice one!!
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09/06/2011 17:49:00

As long as Kean gets James Collins and Roger Johnson to replace Jones and Samba i will be content! It is crunch time for Keano now! If he gets wrong players in centre of defence then bye bye Rovers! Also heard today that DJ Cambell has a 1 million release clause. I think thats not a bad shout as part of a complete revamp up front.. Obviously still need a couple more forwards too but he did well last season
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09/06/2011 19:25:00

It is not crunch time yet for Keano at all!! Transfers is nothing, what means something are victories in the league. Keano can make a lot of stupid transfers (money out the window) but if he wins matches when the league starts, then that it is anything.....cheers
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09/06/2011 20:55:00

Samba will probably go but surely not for only 9m! They must have missed a one of the front, 19m please Arsen. We will be lucky to get 24m for Jones after 16m valuation but should hold out for 20m. Why on earth we should want to sign the two loan strikers, who both failed miserably to score week after week and nearly cost us our Premiership place, I have no idea. Kalinic is better than both of these put together.
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10/06/2011 02:57:00

Agreed - if Jones goes for 16mill + then Samba must be more as he is a senior player and better!
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10/06/2011 11:28:00

well if samba does go we atleast know we will get what hes actually worth and not what Arsene wants to pay.........Venkys
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12/06/2011 10:49:00

and ppl are saying the club cost 23 million this isnt true venkys paid 23 million over asset value and they also got the club debt so 44 million over assets in total but even then thats an amazing deal
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12/06/2011 10:50:00

Samba will be gone before this year ends, if not before the first month of 2012 is out!! If he's going I'd rather the dude went sooner instead of hanging around throughout the summer and early weeks of next season.
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