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Return to sender: Chris Samba and other quick return transfers

Sean Matthews
Modified 03 Jul 2013

This week, QPR’s record signing Christopher Samba completed his move back to Anzhi Makhachkala. The Congolese centre-back only joined Rangers in January, having left Anzhi for £12.5 million. The return fee represented a £500,000 loss for QPR. Samba’s quick return to his former club is unusual but not uncommon. Here are a few examples of players leaving their clubs, only to return a short time later:

Robbie Keane

Tottenham – Liverpool – Tottenham

The Republic of Ireland striker has turned out for quite a few clubs in his career, including two spells at Tottenham. Keane had netted double figures in the Premier League for six consecutive seasons in Tottenham’s colours. This form provoked interest from Liverpool in July 2008.

The Irishman said he had ‘been a Liverpool fan all my life’ and ‘couldn’t be happier’ when he completed his £20.3 million move to Anfield later that month. However, his stay at Liverpool was to be short-lived. Keane netted just five Premier League goals for the Reds before Spurs moved to re-sign him in February 2009. The return fee was £12 million (possibly rising to £16 million with add-ons), a massive financial loss for Liverpool.

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Published 03 Jul 2013, 23:53 IST
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