West Ham's reported interest in Steven Caulker highlights owners' lack of ambition

Steven Caulker of QPR in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Queens Park Rangers at Craven Cottage on October 1, 2016 in London, England.

The West Ham United owners have received criticism in the past for failing to sufficiently back their managers in the transfer market.

Steven Caulker of England celebrates scoring to make it 2-1 during the international friendly match between Sweden and England at the Friends Arena on November 14, 2012 in Stockholm,...

A report from the Sun today claims that the Hammers are ready to offer Steven Caulker a trial, after he was released by Queens Park Rangers, and if true, it would highlight the east London outfit's total lack of ambition.

Caulker, 26, has endured a miserable past couple of years in the game, after failed stints at Southampton, Liverpool and Lokomotiv Moscow, and it seems strange that West Ham would be willing to offer him a lifeline.

Steven Caulker of Liverpool is watched by Aaron Cresswell of West Ham United during the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Liverpool and West Ham United at Anfield on January 30,...

The former Spurs man is injury prone, and has hardly covered himself in glory when he has been fit an able to play, so why on earth are the Hammers reportedly throwing their hat into the ring to sign him?

Joe Pritchard of Tottenham Hotspur evades takes on Steven Caulker, (R), Jose Enrique (2R) and Kevin Stewart (L) of Liverpool during the Barclays U21 Premier League match between Liverpool...

The obvious answer is that he would represent a bargain, given his availability on a free transfer - something that the West Ham owners have a penchant for.

The Sun claims that Moyes is keen on Caulker, in an attempt to bolster his defensive ranks, but the Scot would surely be better served in moving for someone who has been playing regularly, even though it would be a more expensive option for the club.

The cheap route is not always the most financially astute option, however - something that the West Ham board should be all too familiar with.

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