West Ham and Newcastle are both preparing to try and bring former Blackburn and QPR defender Christopher Samba back to England.

Reports in Russia suggest that several Premier League clubs have expressed an interest in signing Samba from Dinamo Moscow but the Magpies and Hammers are currently in negotiations over a transfer.

The Congolese defender is particularly keen to return to England, as his family have remained in this country instead of joining the player in Russia.

According to Izvestia, Dinamo willing to let the unsettled Samba leave under the circumstances but want to recoup a substantial proportion of the fee they paid to sign the 29-year-old from Anzhi Makhachkala in August.

Samba first made the move to England in 2007 when Blackburn signed him from German side Hertha Berlin.

However, he left Rovers for Anzhi in 2012 for £12m and wages of £100,000-a-week.

Samba returned to England with QPR in January this year but could not prevent Harry Redknapp's side from being relegated to the Championship.

He then briefly went back to Anzhi this summer, before the club's change in transfer policy saw Samba shipped to Dinamo Moscow at the end of August.