With most of the West Ham United transfer speculation revolving around the signing of a new striker, the press have now linked a defender to the club, in the form of Dynamo Moscow’s Christopher Samba.
It’s not the first time that Samba has been linked with a move to the club; he was linked last January before making a £12.5m move to QPR on astronomical wages. I have to say, that having watched some of the QPR games he played in last season, a season which saw the R’s relegated, I was quite relieved that he didn’t join us. I thought he was slow, clumsy, and to put it politely, not very good.
I remember Samba at Blackburn Rovers, where his form saw him linked to the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal, however, following the ill-fated takeover at Blackburn a few years ago, Samba left for Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala. Samba scored a few times against us, he was a strong, powerful defender.
It’s no secret that Samba wants to move back to the English Premier League, but I believe there are better defenders, at a better price, who cost less in wages, available out there. Samba obviously knows Allardyce well from their time together at Blackburn, and is clearly an admirer of his, but I think even Allardyce knows that Sambas best years are already past him.
Finally, the move is unlikely to happen anyway, due to the wage budget already at its limit, and any spare money being put towards a striker. With the likes of Winston Reid, James Tomkins and James Collins already established, and the likes of George McCartney, Joey O’Brien and even Alou Diarra able to fill in at centre back should they need to, I don’t think the signing of Samba is needed right now.
COME ON YOU IRONS!
By Chelmo Hammer
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