Diakite seals permanent QPR switch

  • Last Updated: June 27 2012, 20:09 BST

QPR have completed the permanent signing of Mali midfielder Samba Diakite from French side Nancy.

Diakite seals permanent QPR switch

Diakite has agreed a four-year deal with the Loftus Road club having initially joined on loan last season.

The 23-year-old made nine appearances for Rangers last term, receiving a red card on debut against Fulham and scoring the winning goal against Arsenal.

Samba Diakite

23. Samba Diakite

Title Number
Appearances 2 (3)
Goals 0
Assists 0
Yellows 1
Reds 1
*Current Season

"He's a very accomplished footballer and he's made to measure for the Premier League."

QPR boss Mark Hughes told www.qpr.co.uk: "Samba was a real find for us in January, so we're delighted he's joined us permanently.

"He's a very accomplished footballer and he's made to measure for the Premier League.

"He's got good pace, strength and ability on the ball and he's going to be a great asset for us going forward. There's still so much more to come from him.

"He's only been exposed to the Premier League for a handful of games, so I'm sure he's raring to go and get back into the action again."

Diakite was equally pleased to seal the move.

"It's a dream come true to sign this contract," he said.

"I loved my time here on loan and I couldn't be happier to join QPR on a permanent deal.

"It's a fantastic club to play for and the owners have great plans for the future - I am just delighted to be part of it.

"This is a really exciting move for me."