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The Samba mystery deepens

Rovers are in a bit of a conundrum this morning with all eyes on the Brockhall training room door to see if the captain returns today.

The rumour is that big Chris Samba is planning to go on strike in a bid to force a move to another club after becoming tired of the lack of progress being made at Ewood Park.

This comes after he texted in ill complaining of stomach cramps on Friday afternoon and he missed the impressive 3-1 win over Fulham which only further fuelled the rumour mongers.

It's all up in the air and it could go one of two ways...

One thing that is not in doubt is that Samba is up for a move.

The Daily Mail is reporting - 'Rovers have already rejected a 6.5million bid from QPR, and Samba thinks that is a reasonable figure (No it's not) considering he cost only 450,000 from Hertha Berlin five years ago.

Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham have also shown interest but the big Congo centre back is concerned they will be put off by a valuation of 12-14m. (What he's actually worth)'

Kean himself was pretty sure that the big man had not pulled a sickie and told the same paper - 'I don`t think he`s thrown one in. I can totally understand (why people might ask questions). He`s not for sale, it`s as simple as that.'

'I`d like to have spoken to him on Friday morning but he texted in that he was having severe stomach cramps. He texted again on Saturday morning that he was too weak to play.

'We`ll make sure he gets the proper medication to get over a nasty bug and, hopefully, he will be back in on Monday or Tuesday.'

So he's either innocently ill and it's all a big coincidence. Or he can shove that 'I've been professional' talk that he was spouting to L'Equipe the other day where the sun doesn't shine.

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Writer: Mikey Delap Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday January 16 2012

Time: 9:38AM

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If he is on strike it will bring back memories of Benni McCarthy a few years back...
Mikey Delap
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16/01/2012 09:44:00

6.5m is a fair PRICE for Sambe, however his VALUE to us is much much more. There is a difference between the two and a deal will be made when a club makes an offer that is mid way between the two.
Stubbs
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16/01/2012 10:03:00

If all the rumours about Venkys wanting to sell whatever they can in the transfer window were anywhere near true then othr clubs would just drop speculative offers on the table to see if they can get lucky. I'm sure Samba has been talking to someone - the nonsense about texting you are ill is unbelievable. On his sort of money he should be at least phoning in - more likely showing up wih a full explanation. Severe stomach cramps??? Seriously!!
petfel
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16/01/2012 10:29:00

so what is your gut feeling on this one chaps? From what I hear, Spurs are interested, but are playing a waiting game, whilst QPR have supposedly offered him serious money and he is supposed to be very interested in them
oxfordspur
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16/01/2012 10:59:00

6.5m is half of what we should get when Cahill has gone to Chelsea for around the same figure with 6 months left on his contract. I think it's his ridiculously high wages and our much publicised lack of wonga that are driving the price down.
Rye_of_the_Rovers
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16/01/2012 11:08:00

Last week I would have said if someone puts an offer in big enough he would leave rovers with our blessing we would be sad 2 see him go but he had put the time and commitment in and I would have been upset @ venkeys and co. But if he is pulling a benni mc when morton is trying to galvanise the club I would refuse to sell him and do a spurs a la modric and strip him of captaincy and let him decide in feb. If he went on strike sue him u would still get the same money in the summer as he is here 4 4 and a half years. Now I know I can be irrational at times but Janurary is stressful enough Chris so wise up. Ps if ur actually sick get well soon :-P
the-one-and-only-mar
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16/01/2012 12:33:00

hate the chicken farmers but he has 4 years on his contract make him stay in the stiffs no one man is bigger than the club
args2
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16/01/2012 16:51:00

He has officially handed in a transfer request. Do a modric on him
the-one-and-only-mar
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16/01/2012 18:10:00

No player is bigger than the club, by all means sell him but only sell him to PSG for the price we want, not for some pittance of a fee ie 6.5m that QPR have allegedly bid. If he doesn,t want to go abroad tuff stick him in the reserves, Hanley, Givet, Dann & Nelson are more than up to the job. If he is such a fantastic player / defender why do we concede quite so many goals ?
Jimmy Quinn Lives
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16/01/2012 19:56:00

 

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