Diakite makes QPR move permanent
Queens Park Rangers have completed the permanent signing of Mali midfielder Samba Diakite from French side Nancy, the Premier League club said on Wednesday.
Diakite has agreed a four-year deal with the west London club having initially joined on loan last season.
The 23-year-old made nine appearances for Rangers last term, receiving a red card on his debut against Fulham but scoring the winning goal against another London club in Arsenal.
"Samba was a real find for us in January, so we're delighted he's joined us permanently," QPR manager Mark Hughes told the club's wesbite.
"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."
Meanwhile a delighted Diakite said: "It's a dream come true to sign this contract. 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."