QPR complete deal for Cardiff City defender Steven Caulker
The centre-back will line up alongside Rio Ferdinand at Loftus Road
Tuesday 22 July 2014
Steven Caulker has signed for Barclays Premier League newcomers QPR, their owner Tony Fernandes has announced on Twitter.
The 22-year-old centre-back has joined Harry Redknapp's side after just one season at Cardiff, who were relegated from the Premier League at the end of the 2013-14 season.
Fernandes said: "I would like to announce the signing of Stephen Caulker to Queen's Park Rangers. Welcome."
Caulker has signed a four-year deal after an undisclosed fee was agreed with Cardiff for a player who won his solitary England cap in 2012.
The 22-year-old completes his move to Loftus Road just days after fellow centre-back Rio Ferdinand also agreed to join the newly-promoted Barclays Premier League club.
"I'm very excited to be here. It was important for me to be back playing in the Premier League and (QPR manager) Harry Redknapp has given me the opportunity to be at this fantastic club," Caulker told http://www.qpr.co.uk.
"Harry was a big factor for me having worked with him at Tottenham. He was very keen for me to join and it 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."
Rio Ferdinand is presented as a QPR player
Caulker, an £8million signing from Tottenham for the 2013-14 season, played every minute of Cardiff's debut season in the Premier League that ended in relegation.
The London-born defender made his first Spurs appearance under Redknapp in 2010 and the Rangers boss is delighted the two have been reunited at Loftus Road.
"I know the ability Steven has and I think it's an important signing for the club - for the here and now, and for the future," Redknapp said.
He continued: "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 and is 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."
Latest in Sport
Steven Gerrard tribute match: March 29 pencilled in for star studded game involving Jamie Carragher
Pornhub: Cheeky Liverpool fan uploads Philippe Coutinho wonder-goal video to adult website
Diego Costa keeps coin thrown at him during Capital One Cup final
Lukas Podolski corner: Has the Arsenal forward taken the worst corner of all time?
Ireland 19 England 9 player ratings: Jonathan Sexton? Devin Toner? Alex Goode? Who was the star man in Dublin?
- 1 This restaurant has misunderstood the concept of 'cheese and biscuits'
- 2 Raif Badawi, the Saudi Arabian blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes, may now face death penalty
- 3 Delhi bus rapist blames dead victim for attack because 'girls are responsible for rape'
- 4 PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
- 5 Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut