Diakite seals permanent QPR switch

Queens Park Rangers have completed the permanent signing of Mali midfielder Samba Diakite from French side Nancy.

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.

QPR manager Mark Hughes told the club's official website: "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."

Diakite added: "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."