Diakite struggled to impress at Loftus Road following his transfer from French club Nancy two years ago and he agreed to move to Al Ittihad after flying to the Middle East for talks.

"QPR midfielder Samba Diakite has joined Saudi Arabian top-flight side Al Ittihad on a season-long loan deal," a statement on the Premier League club's website announced.

The 25-year-old has made 23 appearances for QPR, scoring one goal, and spent part of last season on loan at Championship club Watford.

He was sent off in his first game for Watford and failed to start in any subsequent matches.