DONE DEAL! Southampton sign QPR defender on season-long loan


first_img Queens Park Rangers centre-back Steven Caulker 1 Southampton have announced the signing of Queens Park Rangers centre-back Steven Caulker on loan.The 23-year-old will spend the forthcoming Premier League campaign at St Mary’s after the Saints paid a “substantial undisclosed loan fee” for his services, and it is understood the deal is NOT with a view to a permanent move.Caulker was keen to seal a return to the Premier League following Rangers’ relegation to the Championship, while Southampton moved to fill the void in their defence after Toby Alderweireld opted for a move to Tottenham and Florin Gardos was sidelined by a serious knee injury.Former Spurs man Caulker only joined QPR last season from Cardiff and made 35 appearances as the London club suffered relegation to the second tier.However, he is excited to be joining a side who challenged at the right end of the table last term.He told the club’s official website: “I’m very pleased and very excited. This club has done fantastically well, especially over the last two years.“To now join this club and to be a part of it for this year is something I’ve proud of.“As soon as I got the phone call to say a fee was agreed with Southampton, I was delighted to get the opportunity to come and play under a great manager.“This club is an ambitious one, so to be part of this is a great opportunity – it’s a chance for me to prove myself. I’m very excited for the season ahead.”His move to the south coast ends a long chase, according to Southampton’s executive director of football, Les Reed.“We have tracked Steven for a number of years, and so we are very happy to have finally brought him to the club,” he added.“Although still young, he has played several seasons in the top flight, as well as representing England at senior level and featuring for Great Britain at the 2012 Olympic Games.“Steven will offer us an excellent defensive option – especially with Florin Gardos ruled out after his knee operation.“He is a player with a good blend of both experience and potential who is determined to grow, to develop and to prove himself during his time with the club.”last_img

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