Report: Celtic expected to sign Steven Caulker on free transfer, will reunite with Rodgers

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers

Celtic are reportedly close to signing QPR defender Steven Caulker.

According to West London Sport, Queens Park Rangers defender Steven Caulker is now expected to join Celtic on a free transfer, with a sell-on clause potentially being included in the deal.

Caulker, 25, joined QPR from Cardiff City in 2014 following the Bluebirds' relegation from the Premier League, but his time at Loftus Road hasn't fulfilled expectations.

Tottenham's Harry Kane in action with QPR's Steven CaulkerTottenham's Harry Kane in action with QPR's Steven Caulker

The centre back has made just 50 appearances for the R's, and spent time out on loan with Southampton and Liverpool before personal issues took over Caulker's career.

Former Spurs defender Caulker told The Guardian in June that he struggled with addictions to alcohol and gambling, before admitting that he even considered suicide as he suffered through a particularly dark stage of his life.

Now, Caulker is pushing for a return to football, and with just one year left on his contract with QPR, he looks set to leave Loftus Road for a reunion with Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers.

West London Sport report that Caulker is now expected to join Celtic on a free transfer, with QPR potentially including a sell-on clause in the deal as the defender prepares for a fresh start.

Celtic manager Brendan RodgersCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers

Caulker worked with Celtic boss Rodgers during a season-long loan spell with Swansea City during the 2011-12 campaign, impressing under Rodgers' tutelage.

After Rodgers admitted to The Scottish Sun that he had spoken to Caulker to offer him support off the pitch, it now seems that the pair will reunite in Glasgow as Rodgers looks to kickstart the former England centre back's career again.

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