The Mirror are this evening reporting that the club have convinced Cardiff defender Steven Caulker to snub interest from QPR and make the move to South London, having met the centre back’s £8 million release clause.
Our interest in Caulker has been well-known throughout the summer, but with so many clubs supposedly interested in his signature, it had looked highly unlikely that Pulis and co. would be able to put together a package that would convince him that Selhurst Park was the place to be.
Surprisingly, that appears to have been exactly what has happened in the last few days, with the article in question stating that the owners are willing to pay the England defender £42,000 a week to make the move from Wales.
Reports earlier this week had suggested that Caulker was holding out hope of a late bid from Liverpool for his services, having played under Brendan Rodgers whilst on loan at Swansea in 2011, but with no offer on the horizon, it sounds as if the Cardiff man has taken the plunge and agreed a move to SE25.
At just 22, Caulker is a player with a fantastic amount of potential; a fact not lost on any of the countries top coaches, with many having been vocal in their praise of him throughout the formative stages of his career.
In Tony Pulis, he would find a manager who holds a genuine passion for team shape and defensive organisation, given that those aspects provide the basic building blocks of our tactical approach. With that in mind, playing under the Welshman is surely a task the young defender would relish.
With the £8 million fee being discussed set to smash our current transfer record, the move would signal a genuine statement of intent from the club as we head into the new season; highlighting to those looking on from afar, that we are planning on a long-term stay at England’s top table, having successfully survived a Premier League season for the first time in our history.
It feels good to be a Palace fan right now, there’s no point trying to hide it.