Tuesday 22 July 2014
Queens Park Rangers have made their second signing of the summer transfer window with the capture of defender Steven Caulker from Cardiff City.
The 22-year-old, who worked with QPR manager Harry Redknapp when the pair were at Tottenham Hotspur, has signed a four-year contract after moving to London for an undisclosed fee.
Caulker joins former Manchester United centre-half Rio Ferdinand in moving to Loftus Road this summer as QPR prepare for their return to the Barclays Premier League.
"I am very excited to be here," Caulker told www.qpr.co.uk. "It was important for me to be back playing in the Premier League, and Harry Redknapp has given me the opportunity to be at this fantastic club.
"He's got everything to be a top, top centre-half"
Harry Redknapp on Steven Caulker
"Harry was a big factor for me, having worked with him at Tottenham. He was very keen for me to join and that was a big plus, knowing the manager wants you.
"Being able to play with Rio was also a big draw. He has been a role model of mine for many years, along with Ledley King. To have the opportunity to play alongside him was something I felt I couldn’t miss out on. Our first aim this season has to be to get to 40 points, to make sure we stay up. That’s our first goal."
Caulker came through the ranks at Spurs and made his Barclays Premier League debut in August 2011 while on loan at Swansea City. He made a total 26 League appearances in the 2011/12 campaign as the Swans finished in 11th place in the table.
In the following season, Caulker featured 18 times for Spurs in the Barclays Premier League before signing for newly promoted Cardiff City in August 2013 for a then club record fee.
He started every match for Cardiff in the 2013/14 campaign but could not prevent the club from being relegated to the Championship.
"Steven's a top player, so we're delighted to have him at QPR," added Redknapp. "I know the ability he has and I think it's an important signing for the club - for the here and now, and for the future.
"I had him at Tottenham and I was very surprised when they decided to let him go last summer, because I thought he had a big future there. He’s young; he's a good age; he's already a fine player but he has so much more potential - it's a really excellent signing for the club.
"When good players like Steven become available, who can come in and have a real impact, you've got to try and get them. I'm sure he will come in and show exactly what he's capable of - he's got everything to be a top, top centre-half, so I couldn’t be more pleased to have him."