Samba seals switch to big-spending Anzhi

Congo international defender Christopher Samba left Blackburn Rovers for wealthy Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala for an undisclosed fee on Friday, the English club said on their website.

Samba, who joined Rovers in 2007 from Hertha Berlin, had been unhappy at Ewood Park for some time.

Last month he had a transfer request rejected by the Premier League strugglers and later criticised the club's Indian owners Venky's for "not understanding English football."

Big-spending Anzhi, bankrolled by billionaire Suleiman Kerimov, appointed Dutchman Guus Hiddink as coach earlier this month.

Anzhi have also signed big-name players such as Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o and Brazilian defender Roberto Carlos in the last year.

The transfer window closed in Russia on Friday.