Caulker ‘excited’ to join Saints

Steven Caulker has told Southampton’s website he did not hesitate to join the club when the opportunity arose.

Caulker has been handed the chance to stay in the Premier League after moving from QPR on a season-long loan.

Southampton have paid a £1.5m loan fee for the 23-year-old centre-back, who moved to west London from Cardiff City a year ago.

QPR director of football Les Ferdinand recently dismissed an approach from West Brom for Caulker but agreed to let him join the Saints.

“I’m very pleased. This club’s done fantastically well, especially over the last two years,” Caulker said.

“To now join this club and be a part of it for this year is something I’m very proud of. I’m very excited.

“As soon as I got the phone call from Les Ferdinand to say a fee had been agreed with Southampton I was delighted to get the opportunity to come and play here.”

Caulker also believes Southampton’s style of play under boss Ronald Koeman will suit his game.

He said: “They play fantastic football – it’s a style I was quite used to at Swansea.

“It’s an attractive style and one I feel comfortable playing in. The manager wants players at the back who are comfortable on the ball and I feel that’s part of my game.”

Meanwhile, QPR have had a bid for Wigan’s James Perch accepted and are expected to sign the former Newcastle man in the next 48 hours.

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