Aston Villa are interested in signing defender Steven Caulker on a free transfer, as reported by The72 yesterday.
The 27-year-old has been linked with a move to Ukrainian side Arsenal Kiev over the past few days but Villa are reportedly hoping to persuade him to stay in England.
Steve Bruce’s side are still in the hunt for another defender and there have been rumours linking them to free agents like Robert Huth, James Collins and a return of John Terry but nothing has materialised as of yet.
Caulker is an option for many clubs at the moment and he will be weighing up his options. He spent last season at Scottish Premier League outfit Dundee and impressed for them. He played 17 games in all competitions but left at the end of August.
He started his career at Tottenham Hotspur and rose through the youth ranks of the London side. He played 29 games for Spurs’ first-team and also enjoyed loan spells at Yeovil Town, Bristol City, Cardiff City and Swansea City.
Caulker then left Spurs on a permanent basis to join QPR in July 2014 for a fee of around £8 million. The Hoops were relegated during his first season at the club and he went on to spend the rest of his time at QPR on loan at Southampton and then Liverpool
If Caulker signed, it would need to be on strict terms, and the club would need to invest an awful lot of time and patience in him. If we could turn him around, and get him to live up to his potential it would be genius, but it would be a mountain of a task.#AVFC #Caulker
— Phil Roberts (@iamVilla) September 18, 2018
I get the idea of John Terry coming back to #avfc but Steven Caulker is a great shout, younger too. His got such great potential & he has had a torrid time. Why can’t we be the club to platform him back to his abilities we’ve got the foundations for him. I hope it happens. #utv
— Matt Emery (@MattEmeryIsMe) September 18, 2018
Think Caulker to Villa would be a good move, playing alongside a pro like Chester would only be a good thing, looked decent at Liverpool and Spurs, no surprise things went downhill at QPR. #avfc
— Jack Millman (@LordMillman) September 18, 2018
Can't we just sign caulker & huth on a free as cover for centre backs and put this terry saga to bed as he aint coming back and get our season back on track UTV #avfc
— Claret & Blue 1874 (@villa1874avfc) September 18, 2018
Apparently we have offered Steven Caulker a trial.. I remember watching him a few times and thinking he looked a good player.
What went wrong after his £8m move to QPR? #AVFC
— The VILLA Bible (@VillaBible) September 18, 2018