Southampton have confirmed the signing of QPR defender Steven Caulker on a season-long loan deal on the club's official website.
The 23-year-old, who started his career at White Hart Lane with Tottenham, will get another crack at the English top flight after suffering relegation last season.
He made 35 appearances, scoring one goal for Chris Ramsey's side during the previous campaign, but he was powerless to prevent the club's unfortunate return to the Sky Bet Championship.
Ronald Koeman's side have found themselves short of defensive options after a failed attempt to sign Toby Alderweireld, who impressed on loan at the club last year but opted to make a permanent move to Spurs.
According to the Mirror, Bournemouth, West Brom and Stoke had also shown an interest in the 23-year-old, but no one was willing to meet QPR's £8million valuation.
Some Premier League fans have questioned the club's signing, while others have highlighted Caulker's relegation record from the previous two seasons having also tasted the drop with Cardiff City in 2014. However, the for the most-part, the response to his loan-switch has been largely positive.
Here's how Twitter reacted to the Englishman's return to the Premier League with the Saints.
I see Steven Caulker's got his annual summer move— Alex (@ACTaylor96) July 29, 2015
Steven Caulker on loan to Southampton for the year. I'd have taken him, would have eased Williamson-based fears ahead of new season. #nufc— Harry De Cosemo (@harrydecosemo) July 29, 2015
Talking of average - was very surprised to see Southampton take the mediocre Steven Caulker on a season long loan— Alan Russell (@alanprussell) July 29, 2015
Always rated Steven Caulker from his Swansea days. Great to see him back in the top flight— Carlos Smith (@CarltonSmith12) July 29, 2015
Knowing Steven Caulker's luck, Southampton will probably get relegated this season.— Ryan O'Dwyer (@EveryTimeIDwyer) July 29, 2015
Steven Caulker is a good signing for Southampton and they'll be good for him. Better player than QPR and Cardiff level in the Premier League— Dan McLaughlin (@Dan23_92) July 29, 2015
Steven Caulker to #saintsfc is a great move! Always rated him will be a class signing!— Craig (@craigoates87) July 29, 2015
Meanwhile the most overrated Centre back in the @premierleague Steven Calker joins Southampton.— Joe Canavan (@joecanavan89) July 29, 2015
Good to see Steven Caulker go to Southampton.He had an absolute Shocker for QPR last Season.Southampton must be desperate for Defenders.— guy dixon (@guydixon1) July 29, 2015
Steven caulker is a massive signing for Southampton. Don't know why we don't do the same kmt— Mugiwara no Jaden (@JayRPL) July 29, 2015
STEVEN CAULKER HAS LEFT! Unfortunately it is a just a loan but I am glad to see the back of that overpaid waste of space! Poor Saints.. #QPR— Owen (@QPRFORLIFE) July 29, 2015