Nicolas Anelka looks set for a sensational return to the Premier League. The Daily Mail reported today that London rivals West Ham, QPR and Tottenham are battling for the striker’s signature. The Frenchman only signed for Shanghai Shenhua in January from Chelsea but has not experienced the most joyful of times since leaving Stamford Bridge.
The paper suggests that much of the potential transfer depends on what, if any, transfer fee the Chinese Super League side ask for, but suggestions that Anelka could be available for free will be sure to alert the more financially astute managers. In recent weeks there has been much speculation that the 33-year-old would attract former strike partner Didier Drogba to Shanghai, as of yet that deal has failed to materialize.
The Daily Mail has reported today that Mark Hughes is planning an ambitious bid to land Chris Samba, in order to boost the heart of QPR’s defence. Hughes reportedly tried to sign the 28 year old centre back in January, however Blackburn held off interest and Samba eventually joined Anzhi Makhachakala for £12 million.
There is little doubt about Samba’s ability and he would undoubtedly provide some much needed stability that would help QPR’s bid to remain a Premier League side.
What’s more, Samba is reported to be keen on a return to England having found his time in Russia difficult. It remains to be seen though, if Anzhi will be willing to sell him given that they only signed him a few months ago.
Nigel de Jong has appeared on the radar of Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger. The Daily Mirror are reporting that after the breakdown of talks with Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila, Wenger is turning his attention closer to home. Arsenal had earmarked up to £17 million for M’Vila so it is unlikely that CIty will price De Jong out of their range.
Having been a consistent performer in past seasons De Jong failed to make an impact on City’s first title win, only making 14 league appearances, over half of that in the previous two campaigns. It is thought that Mark Hughes is also monitoring the situation, believing that reuniting with the player he signed for City in 2009 would help propel QPR to the next level.