Southampton move is a chance to prove myself, says Queens Park Ranger's Steven Caulker

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The Queens Park Rangers man joins Southampton on a season-long loan with an option to buy.

Southampton today announced the capture of QPR centre-back Steven Caulker on a season-long loan, via the club’s official website.

The Tottenham Hotspur academy product joins the Saints squad as Ronald Koeman looks to address the void left by Toby Alderweireld following the Belgian’s Spurs switch, and the imposing defender spoke of his excitement for the coming season.

“It was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down… I’m excited, I came and met the manager, had a look around and could see this club is an ambitious one,” said Caulker on the club’s official website.

“The last two years have been fantastic for the club and for me it’s a great opportunity to be part of that and prove myself as a top-six centre-back.”

Caulker has enjoyed an eventful career despite his tender years and at 23-years old has already played in Europe, been capped by England and suffered successive Premier League relegations.

He broke into the Spurs team in the 2012-13 season after three loan spells in three years and made 28 appearances in a successful campaign.

A club record fee of over £8 million saw Cardiff secure his signature the following season but despite playing in all of the Bluebirds Premier League games that year - Caulker was unable to prevent the club’s relegation.

Queens Park Rangers lured the defender to Loftus Road last summer to ensure another crack at the top-flight but again the story was the same, and the R’s succumbed to relegation.

Caulker had looked set for a spell in the Championship but Southampton’s interest means the 6’3 defender should experience life in the right half of the Premier League next season.

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