Report: Liverpool edging closer to signing defender

Liverpool are reportedly stepping up their bid to bring Steven Caulker to Anfield

Liverpool are closing in on a deal for Cardiff City defender Steven Caulker, according to a report.

There has been widespread rumour that Caulker will move to Anfield this summer after his Cardiff side were relegated from the Premier League last season.

The report suggests that Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers could be homing in on the defender that he took to the Liberty Stadium during his time with Swansea City, and that Cardiff want to make back all £9m of the fee they paid to Tottenham for Caulker last summer.

Caulker was one of the stand-out performers in an otherwise dismal season for the Bluebirds that saw them finish bottom of the pile in the Premier League.

The defender, along with Gary Medel, Andreas Cornelius and Peter Odemwingie, headed a summer transfer window full of activity for Cardiff last season, but the huge sums of cash thrown at the recruitment process failed to pay dividends.

The 22-year-old is expected to be lured to Anfield by Brendan Rodgers to help boost Liverpool’s defensive fragility. Current centre-backs include Martin Skrtel , Daniel Agger, Kolo Toure and Mamadou Sakho.

Liverpool famously threw away their hope of winning the Premier League title against Chelsea and Crystal Palace last season, with Rodgers going on record saying they must improve defensively.

If Steven Caulker were to arrive at Liverpool he would not only bring quality and youth to the defensive set up, but like Martin Skrtel this season, would add a goal-threat in the opposing area. Caulker scored five times in the Premier League for Cardiff last season, the third highest amount at the club.

Liverpool’s potential capture of Caulker would see quite the rise for the youngster, who would go from a side relegated from the top-flight to performing in the Champions League next season.

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