So Samba has officially requested a transfer. That will cost him a slice of the transfer fee, but with his eyes set firmly on PSG, that won't trouble him too much as they have the money to give him a big golden handshake and a tasty salary into the bargain.
QPR fans will be hoping that the Hoops might yet plunder Samba from the team that sit one place above them in the table, but that seems unlikely on a number of counts. Firstly Samba has his heart set on a switch to Paris, secondly Spurs urgently need a centre half and offer much better career progression than relegation threatened Rangers, and thirdly, Blackburn will almost certainly refuse to sell their captain to prime relegation rivals. You just wouldn't do it would you?
Alex, of course, has also submitted a transfer request but that deal doesn't seem to have edged any closer to completion today. He is keen to leave Chelsea but not so keen, it seems, on joining Rangers.
Or maybe Fernandes is still refusing to offer the £4m Chelsea are looking for. In which case, he is buggering the gRs around. If he can't find £4m to fund a replacement for Gabbidon, you have to wonder at his commitment or genuine wealth. I'm not suggesting that he is poor here, but he may not be rich enough to chuck money down the toilet!