Rumour: Liverpool lining up ex-Spurs defender Steven Caulker to help solve defensive woes
Liverpool are lining up a summer bid for Steven Caulker to ease their defensive troubles according to the Mirror, with the centre-back set to exit Cardiff City following the Welsh club’s relegation from the Premier League.
Brendan Rodgers was keen on bringing Caulker to Anfield last season, but found Tottenham Hotspur unwilling to sell to a direct rival in the league, with the England cap eventually being sold off to Cardiff for a club record £9 million fee.
Spurs are keen on re-signing Caulker in the summer after Cardiff’s relegation to the Championship was confirmed, with a release clause existing in his contract at the Cardiff City stadium should the club fail to stay up at the first attempt and Liverpool are also now set to capitalise on the Bluebird’s sufferings as well.
Liverpool have been criticised by some sections of the media for their defensive record, having conceded 49 goals this season, with only Tottenham Hotspur in the top eight having conceded more.
Rodgers is believed to have made a strengthening of his defensive options a priority for the summer and is keen to reunite with Caulker once more after enjoying a successful relationship with him during the Londoner’s loan spell at Swansea three seasons ago.
Spurs would be entitled to 50% of any transfer deal as part of their agreement to sell Caulker to Cardiff in the first place, but they will rival Liverpool in the hope of bringing their academy graduate back to White Hart Lane.