Steven Caulker seals QPR switch
Steven Caulker has completed his move from Cardiff City to Queens Park Rangers.
Caulker, 22, has signed a four-year deal after an undisclosed fee was agreed with Cardiff, with the ex-Tottenham centre-back becoming QPR's second summer signing following the arrival of Rio Ferdinand on a free transfer last week.
"I'm very excited to be here. It was important for me to be back playing in the Premier League and (QPR manager) Harry Redknapp has given me the opportunity to be at this fantastic club,'' Caulker told QPR's official website.
"Harry was a big factor for me having worked with him at Tottenham. He was very keen for me to join and it was a big plus knowing the manager wants you.
"Being able to play with Rio was also a big draw. He has been a role model of mine for many years, along with Ledley King. To have the opportunity to play alongside him was something I felt I couldn't miss out on.
"Our first aim this season has to be to get to 40 points to make sure we stay up. That's our first goal.''
Caulker, an eight million pound signing from Tottenham for the 2013-14 season, played every minute of Cardiff's debut season in the Premier League that ended in relegation.
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The London-born defender made his first Spurs appearance under Redknapp in 2010 and the Rangers boss is delighted the two have been reunited at Loftus Road.
"I know the ability Steven has and I think it's an important signing for the club - for the here and now, and for the future,'' Redknapp said. "I had him at Tottenham and I was very surprised when they decided to let him go last summer because I thought he had a big future there.
"He's young and is already a fine player, but he has so much more potential. It's a really excellent signing for the club. When good players like Steven become available, who can come in and have a real impact, you've got to try and get them.
"I'm sure he will come in and show exactly what he's capable of. He's got everything to be a top, top centre-half, so I couldn't be more pleased to have him."
I would like to thank the staff, players and last but not least the fans @CardiffCityFC for their support throughout my spell at the club -- Steven Caulker (@Caulker4) July 22, 2014