Since being relegated with Cardiff City last season, Steven Caulker has become a top transfer target for a range of Premier League clubs. According to reports in the English press, however, the current Bluebird is stalling on the deals that have been offered to him, in a hope that Liverpool might show an interest.
The player has already held talks with Queens Park Rangers and Crystal Palace after both sides agreed with Cardiff to meet his £8 million buy-out clause. However, Caulker is taking his time to consider the options, and he could be holding out for a call from Brendan Rogers.
The defender has already played under the Northern Irishman for Swansea, during a loan spell that he undertook whilst playing for Tottenham Hotspur. The 22 year old has racked up considerable experience within his short career so far, and he also has one England international cap to his name.
QPR are interested in him as they look to build a central defensive partnership which will keep them in the Premier League next season. Harry Redknapp is hoping that the prospect of playing alongside Rio Ferdinand, another of the Hoops’ summer targets, will prove too difficult to resist for the young Englishman.
Crystal Palace have attempted to lure Caulker to Selhurst Park as they look to build on what was eventually an impressive campaign last season. Tony Pulis will be looking to add more youth and energy into the London side, and Caulker could represent that.
However, it is well known that Liverpool are also in the market for some defensive strengthening this year, and Caulker might believe that he is the man to provide that. The Reds can offer Champion’s League football and a more realistic opportunity to win the Premier League itself, and if they should emerge as an interested party, then QPR and Palace will find it very difficult to get their man.