QPR bid for Samba – Report

Oldham’s FA Cup hero Reece Wabara is on his way to Blackpool

after they agreed a deal with Manchester City for the right-back,

Sky Sports understands.

Wabara ended his loan stint at Oldham in impressive fashion as

he scored the winner against Liverpool on Sunday.

But Wabara looks unlikely to be enjoying the fifth-round clash

with Everton, as he is on his way to the Championship.

The 21-year-old is now set to agree a loan move that will keep

him at Bloomfield Road until the end of the season.

A brace from Paddy Madden sent the Dons – who beat QPR in the FA

Cup on Saturday – to their first defeat in 2013, with goalscorer

Antony Kay dismissed in the second half for an off-the-ball clash

with Madden.

The League One game was thrown into doubt but was eventually

given the green light when referee Mick Russell passed a late pitch

inspection as swirling rain swept across Huish Park.

Johnson said: “We knew that if we could get the game on then we

would be up for it.

“It was a big game and we knew that whichever side lost would be

very disappointed. We knew that if it could go ahead and we got a

positive result, we would find ourselves like a cat amongst the

pigeons in the top seven or eight.

“We’re getting closer to where we want to be. Of course I wanted

the game on as we’re the home team, but to be fair, Karl Robinson

also wanted it on.

“The referee quite rightly waited a little while to check it was

safe, but we all decided to start it and credit to both sets of

players. If you walk out there now the pitch looks


“It’s absolutely great to have Paddy Madden around – he is an

infectious runner, he has a bit of Irish blood in him, and is a

great finisher. He shows that week in, week out for us.”

Cody McDonald netted from close range after Northampton

goalkeeper Lee Nicholls misjudged a Matt Fish long ball to put the

hosts ahead in the fourth minute of the League Two clash at


Myles Weston smashed in off the post to secure the win and Allen

felt the players were deserving of a first home success since

November 17.

He said: “You saw from Myles’ celebration and the celebration of

the whole team and in the dugout what it meant and you could sense

the relief from all our supporters that turned out.

“The players deserve all the credit for the club to go top of

the league and 10 points clear of fourth place is some going.

“The run that we have had here does start to get on everyone’s

back wherever you go. People do mention it but I have had to try

and deflect and dilute that feeling.

“We have had two fantastic wins away at Southend and Bristol

Rovers so when people talked about a crisis I didn’t buy into


“We were due a bit of luck. It is sometimes difficult to play in

front of your home fans when you have been top for four and a half

months. Everybody raises their game but we are delighted to have


Hoops manager Harry Redknapp is seeking reinforcements at the

back after Ryan Nelsen played his last game for the club against

Manchester City on Tuesday night, with the defender set to coach

Major League Soccer’s Toronto FC.

Sky Sports sources claim QPR have turned to Samba as a potential

replacement for the centre-back, tabling a bid with Russian giants


A move to Loftus Road would see Samba back in English football

for the first time since last year’s winter transfer window, when

he made the switch to Russia from Blackburn.

He departed Ewood Park following four and a half seasons with

the club after joining from Hertha Berlin in 2007.

It is not the first time QPR have made a move for former Congo

international Samba, having reportedly seen a bid turned down while

he was at Rovers.