Confirmed: QPR sign former Steven Caulker target from Cardiff

Harry Redknapp has finally bagged the services of Steven Caulker from Cardiff City.

Queens Park Rangers have signed Steven Caulker from Cardiff City for an undisclosed fee, putting to an end one of the transfer window’s most dragged out deals.

The 22-year-old has signed a four year deal at Loftus Road, as for the second season in a row he signs for a newly promoted Premier League club.

He is set to partner former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand at the back, as QPR look to mould themselves into a long-term top-flight club.

Caulker appeared in all 38 of Cardiff City’s games in the Premier League last season, but was unable to prevent the Bluebirds from being relegated to the Championship at the first time of asking. He also scored five goals, making him the clubs top-scorer for the season behind Fraizer Campbell.

The defender is one of England’s most promising future prospects, having already played and scored at senior international level. Harry Redknapp managed Caulker during his time at Tottenham Hotspur, and despite often overlooking him the majority of the time, clearly saw enough to believe he was a talent worth having.

The fee is undisclosed, but is thought to be in the region of £9 million, as Cardiff were keen to make back the money they paid for him last summer.

He becomes the first predictable departure from the Welsh capital, with Gary Medel and Fraizer Campbell also likely to be moving on. Goalkeeper and player of the season last campaign David Marshall has also attracted interest from European-qualified clubs.

Liverpool and Arsenal were thought to be interested in Caulker earlier this transfer window, but never tabled anything concrete. Southampton had also expressed an interest, but Caulker’s future will now once again play his football in London as he prepares to become a regular in the England set-up in the coming years.

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