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Russian club unlikely to complete shock Championship defender signing

Sky Sports understands that FC Lokomotiv Moscow are unlikely to complete what would be the fairly surprising signing of Queens Park Rangers central defender Steven Caulker. Clubs in Russia have until February 28th to complete signings in their mid-season transfer window.

Although Caulker has made 14 appearances for the Hoops this season, his last game was in October for the 2-0 home defeat to London rivals Brentford. He has not featured at all since Ian Holloway took over, although a hip injury has been the major reason for that.

The former England international has now fallen down the pecking order at Loftus Road as a result. Nedum Onuoha and Joel Lynch are the preferred partnership of Holloway at present, plus Grant Hall can play there too, although he has been preferred in more of a holding midfielder role.

The Russian Premier League side were hoping to seal a shock deal for the one-cap England international defender. Head coach Yuri Semin is looking to boost his squad to claw back the five point gap to the final UEFA Europa League qualification places.

The club posted on social media earlier in the week how the move has been ‘cancelled’. Nevertheless, Sky Sports understands that talks continue, although they are only ‘tentative’ and any hope of a deal being finalised at any stage appears to be somewhat slim. The player therefore is set to remain at the club, although QPR were hoping to let him go in order to get his high earnings off their wage bill for a period of time.

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