About six years ago, Caulker had the world at his feet.
He was the rising star of Tottenham Hotspur, a talented young centre-back who looked certain to nail down a place at the heart of the defence for club and country.
Flash forward to 2019, however, and Caulker has failed to add to the one and only England cap he earned seven years ago. His time at Tottenham went sour and, after spells at Southampton, Cardiff, Liverpool and even Dundee, he now finds himself over in Turkey with Alanyaspor.
But after bravely opening up about his struggles with mental health, a spell out of the limelight appears to have done Caulker a world of good.
According to the Mirror, the rejuvenated 27-year-old could be offered another chance in the Premier League with Newcastle.
Caulker could be available for as little as £2 million, meaning he is a risk worth taking for Bruce, who apparently wanted to hand the London-born colossus a trial at Aston Villa last summer (West London Sport).
Newcastle fans might be wondering where Caulker would fit into a defence already containing the considerable talents of Fabian Schar, Jamaal Lascelles and Federico Fernandez, not to mention Ciaran Clark, Florian Lejeune and Paul Dummett.
But with Bruce set to set Newcastle up with a back-three, Caulker’s excellent passing range and impressive reading of the game should only add further strength to an already defensively-sound unit.
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