The Daily Record is reporting that Newcastle United appear to be in the lead to land center-back Steven Caulker, but it’s not clear whether QPR manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is willing to sell the once capped England International outright this summer.
QPR are reported ready to let the England international leave the club “in some capacity” this summer, as they want to bring down their running costs after failing to get promoted back to the Premier League last season.
Steven Caulker – Newcastle in driving seat
New Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers is also interested in taking the lad to Glasgow, but the famous Scottish club would not be able to cover Steven’s wages of £30K/week.
The report indicates Newcastle are willing to do that, so maybe QPR are only willing to loan Caulker out for next season?
Brendan had the defender on loan when he was at Swansea City and Steven had a great season in south Wales back in 2011-2012, when he played 26 times for the Swans.
Steven’s once promising career has been in decline over the last year or two and he is said to be keen to join Rafa and Newcastle to get things back on track.
So here seems another player who is anxious to join the Rafalution going on at Newcastle and Rafa Benitez is said to be an admirer of the defender who has put in some top class performances earlier in his career.
We expect Rafa to try to get a permanent deal set up to bring Steven to Tyneside early next week – and if QPR are only willing to do a loan deal then take him on loan with an option to buy.
We don’t think Rafa would be too willing to take Steven on a loan with no option to buy because then when he makes him into a better player, QPR could take him back and say – thanks Rafa!
We saw last season with many players over a short 10 game spell – including Andros Townsend – that the former Liverpool and Real Madrid manager can very quickly get the best out of players.
This report in the Record is consistent with the Chronicle reporting today that Rafa is in negotiations for a center-back who has played in both the Championship and the Premier League.
Apparently Newcastle are after three defenders and Rafa is hoping to sign a center-back and a pair of full-backs before the squad leaves for their training and fitness camp in County Kildare, Ireland next Saturday.
Caulker has played in both of England’s top two divisions and so had Blackburn Rovers center-back Glenn Hanley who Newcastle have also been linked with this summer.