Monday 30 January 2012
Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Hughes says the loan signing of midfielder Samba Diakite from French side Nancy is a major coup for the club.
The 23-year-old Mali international has joined QPR until the end of the season, with the Barclays Premier League side having the option to sign the player on a permanent basis in the summer.
"Samba is a young player who has made an impression on French football," Hughes told the club's official website (qpr.co.uk).
"There has been a lot of interest in him from top clubs in France so we have done really well to get him in.
"I can't wait to return from the African Cup of Nations and give my all for the club"
- Samba Diakite
"He is a good age, has got strength, power, can carry the ball and can score goals from midfield on occasions.
"He will give us more physical presence and athleticism in the middle of the park, so he is going to be a good addition."
Diakite is currently playing in the Africa Cup of Nations where his Mali side need victory in their final Group D fixture to have a chance of reaching the knock-out stages.
Mali's last pool match is against Botswana on Wednesday.
Diakite completed his move to QPR after being granted permission to fly to London in order to sign the deal.
"It is a dream to join a Premier League club," he said.
"The board and the manager have big ambitions to achieve and I am delighted to join a club with such goals.
"I have always enjoyed watching English football and I can't wait to return from the African Cup of Nations and give my all for the club.
"It is a very exciting move for me."
Hughes has already completed the signings of AC Milan left-back Taye Taiwo and Manchester City's Nedum Onuoha since joining the club.
Manchester United striker Federico Macheda arrived on loan before his appointment.