QPR bank £1.5m as Caulker joins Saints

Steven Caulker has joined Southampton on a season-long loan from QPR. 

The Saints paid a £1.5m loan fee to sign the centre-back and will pay all of his wages during his year at St Mary’s.

No option for Southampton to sign Caulker, 23, on a permanent basis has been included in the deal.

It enables QPR to get Caulker off their wage bill ahead of the Championship campaign and leaves the door open for a possible return for him if Rangers win promotion back to the top flight.

He has three years remaining on his contract, having signed a four-year deal when he arrived from Cardiff City for £8m in 2014.

West Brom recently made an enquiry about Caulker but were put off by the asking price, while Southampton had been monitoring the situation for some time.

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