For most of the last month, we’ve been forced to look for shreds of truth in countless spurious transfer rumours from all manner of weird and wonderful sources, bit this afternoon, The Telegraph brought news of a potential new arrival that looks to be far more likely than the majority.
John Percy is reporting that Palace will match the £8 million release clause in Steven Caulker’s contract, after his current club, Cardiff City suffered relegation from the Premier League in May.
Whilst we are not thought to be the only club keen on signing Caulker (QPR are also expected to stump up the £8 million needed), Tony Pulis is reportedly extremely keen to bring Caulker to Selhurst Park, with quality defensive reinforcements believed to be at the top of the Welshman’s list of priorities before the new campaign kicks off.
Caulker himself is likely to jump at the chance to move back into England’s top flight, with Pulis’ reputation for defensive organisation sure to intrigue him.
It is a sum that would comfortably break our current transfer record, but given the added financial clout that a second consecutive Premier League season offers, it is certainly a deal that we can feasibly afford.
As we look to build ever more solid foundations with the aim of prolonging our stay in the division, Caulker would represent a real statement of intent from Tony Pulis and the board.
Do you think he’s worth the money?