Report: West Ham still pursuing Steven Caulker despite deadline day rejection

Steven Caulker

West Ham are reportedly eyeing a summer bid for QPR centre back Steven Caulker.

According to the Daily Mirror, West Ham will make another bid for QPR defender Steven Caulker in the summer if the R's are relegated.

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has plenty to think about in the heart of his defence right now, with a current injury crisis on his hands, as well as the reportedly impending departure of Winston Reid.

The 26-year-old is out of contract at the end of this season, and recent reports have suggested that the New Zealand international is ready to join London rivals Tottenham on a free transfer when his contract expires in June.

Whilst one defender could be leaving East London for North London, another centre back may be heading from West London to East London in a capital city merry-go-round.

The Daily Mirror suggest that West Ham made a deadline day bid to sign QPR star Caulker, but were told he wasn't for sale by Rangers owner Tony Fernandes.

The 23-year-old arrived at Loftus Road from Cardiff City in a deal believed to be worth around £8m, making the move back up to the Premier League after Cardiff's relegation to the Championship.

Now, West Ham are reportedly hoping Caulker wants the same move back up to the top flight, and are depending on QPR getting relegated to make another move for the one-cap England international.

Staying in London may be appealing to the former Tottenham man, but QPR staying the top flight could once again prevent the deal from going through.

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