Queens Park Rangers are battling against relegation from the Premier League, and though new manager Harry Redknapp must have known he would need some new additions to the squad to survive, he probably hoped to count on his best players staying out the season.
Unfortunately for the Hoops, arguably their most reliable defender is on his way across the Pacific so one definite requirement was a direct replacement—and former Anzhi Makhachkala's giant central defender Christopher Samba is that man.
BBC Sport that he has agreed terms on a permanent contract to move on transfer deadline day for around £12.5 million.
Thanks for all my kind messages ahead of my move,bless u all— Samba Christopher (@cs4christsamba1) January 31, 2013
QPR are likely to try and complete further business on Thursday before the deadline passes, but Samba is a big signing for them, possibly the most important one they could make in January.
Here are five reasons why he's a great signing...and one why he might not be.