The Black Cats have a worrying transfer window ahead this summer as supporters are unsure on the managerial future at the club and, alongside that, which players will be arriving before their Championship campaign.
Sunderland’s back-line is likely to be overhauled in the coming months as centre-backs Joleon Lescott, previously of Aston Villa, and Champions League winner John O’Shea both have their contracts expiring at the end of this month – meaning they are possibly going to allowed to depart the Stadium of Light.
One replacement who would suit the Tyne and Wear outfit is current Queens Park Rangers defender Steven Caulker; formerly of Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Cardiff City.
The 25-year-old began his career in north London, making a handful of appearances and several loan spells away before signing permanently for Cardiff City.
Caulker arrived at Loftus Road on a four-year deal in the summer of 2014, however, has featured in a measly 50 matches for QPR in three years, and hasn’t played a single match for his employer since October.
The one-cap England international has seemingly fallen out with boss Ian Holloway, subsequently being transfer-listed and nearly left on loan to Russia in February but that move collapsed.
Reason why Sunderland should acquire his services is simple; Steven Caulker will on be on a hefty wage-bill and it’s unlikely that any top-flight side would gamble on him, but the Black Cats are likely to be one of the only clubs in the Championship who can afford that and he won’t want to sit in the stands for another six months.
It would be highly feasible for the north-east team to dive in for the centre-half during the summer transfer window.
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