Newcastle United are said to be interested in signing 24 year-old England International center-back Steven Caulker in this summer transfer window.
The news is in the Shields Gazette and we have to remember now that when it says that Newcastle are interested in a player, that means that Rafa Benitez is interested, since if Rafa does join us permanently (soon) – he will have total control of all football matters at the club.
Steven Caulker while on loan at Liverpool
The 6ft 3ins center-back has just spent some time on loan at Liverpool but he didn’t play any games, and he also didn’t play any games while on loan at Southampton earlier in the season.
Steven started his career at Tottenham, and he is a talented player who perhaps Rafa Benitez could turn into a good player with his coaching methods.
Rafa knows a good player when he sees one.
It looks like Steven Caulker’s contract at QPR runs for another two years, so we would have to pay a fee for the Englishman.
Steven played for the England Youth sides and 5 times for Great Briton in the 2012 Olympic Games and he has one cap for England.
Caulker has potential and maybe Rafa thinks he can bring the best out of the defender.
He has been at Tottenham, Cardiff and QPR on a permanent basis, but has played on loan at several clubs and he has a total of 210 first team appearances with 10 goals so far in his career.
Steven Taylor is expected to be released this summer when his contract runs out, although there is some news in the local papers today he could get an extension.
But that has to be very doubtful because of his poor injury record and also his display at Southampton in that first half was horrendous.
And we have been linked with 31 year-old free agent Daniel Agger, who is still the captain of Denmark and is out of contract at Danish club Brondby this summer.
Of those three center-backs we’d take Daniel Agger, who is massively experienced and is a leader on and off the pitch.
Rafa knows him well since he signed him from Brondby when he was at Liverpool.
What do you think?