To be discarded by Liverpool, should Newcastle sign Steven Caulker?

Liverpool defender is on loan from QPR. Should Newcastle make a move this summer?

Newcastle United are battling for their Premier League future, but in two games time, preparation will begin for next season, whichever division they are in.

Toon fans desperately hope they can retain their position in the top flight, to hold onto Rafa Benitez, who has transformed the club defensively since he took over.

In the transfer market this summer changes are expected, with Fabricio Coloccini likely to leave, and Steven Taylor's future also questionable.

One potential option for Newcastle to consider signing is QPR defender Steven Caulker, who has been on loan with Liverpool over the past few months.

He was brought in as emergency cover during an injury crisis by Jurgen Klopp, but has gone to the back of the queue with defenders subsequently recovering their fitness, and the Liverpool Echo report he is unlikely to feature again this season, or be signed permanently.

QPR have already made it evident he will be allowed to leave in the right circumstances, with Caulker believing he can play Premier League football, and Newcastle would be wise to consider adding him to the mix along with Jamaal Lascelles and Chancel Mbemba.

Caulker was very highly rated at Tottenham as a youngster and impressed on loan with Swansea, going on to win one England cap and even scoring, but has failed to hit the heights expected since leaving for Cardiff, and then QPR.

Even if Newcastle suffer relegation, Caulker could be a realistic transfer target, as the club are big enough to convince him to want to remain in the Championship for, in the mutual hope it will be a short stay.

Caulker is only 24, and under the tutelage of Rafa Benitez, could potentially get his career back on track.

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