Sky Bet Championship pair Leeds United and Sunderland are thought to be weighing up moves for former England centre-back Steven Caulker according to Get West London.

The 26-year-old Feltham born defender is looking to relaunch his career after being released by former club Queens Park Rangers last month.

It has been reported that both Leeds United and Sunderland are being linked with moves for the player while West Ham United, Celtic and Italian club Genoa could also be ready to offer Caulker an opportunity to get back on track.

Caulker had been frozen out at former club QPR prior to his Loftus Road exit and the player last featured for The R’s in a 1-1 Sky Bet Championship draw with Barnsley at Oakwell back in September. The player is believed to have struggled with some off-field personal issues which may have hampered his opportunities to play for the West London club.

The defender spent almost three-and-a-half years with QPR prior to his release although he was also loaned out to both Southampton and Liverpool.

Caulker’s wage demands could be a stumbling block for any potential admirers with the player thought to have been on a good wage at his previous clubs. With the once-capped England international ready to return to regular first team action, Caulker may need to consider an initial drop in salary to prove his worth.

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