There are surprised looks around the Football Transfer Tavern as The Telegraph reports that Cardiff City have signed highly-rated Tottenham Hotspur defender Steven Caulker in a £8million deal.
Speculation had been building in recent days that a move from the Premier League new boys could be in the pipeline but it was widely expected to be a season-long loan deal. However to the annoyance of Lilywhites fans in the bar Andre Villas-Boas has decided to cash-in on the centre-back who looked to have a bright future at White Hart Lane.
The senior England international, who spent a successful season on-loan at the Bluebirds’ closest rivals Swansea City in 2011, is highly thought as one of the finest defensive prospects in England after some solid performances for Spurs last season.
“First and foremost I want to say how happy I am to have signed with Cardiff City Football Club,” Caulker told Cardiff City Player. “I’m delighted to be here and excited for this fresh challenge. I spoke to the gaffer yesterday, liked what he had to say and am excited about the plans he has for the football club.”
The transfer marks a massive coup for Malky Mackay and his Cardiff side ahead of their first season in the Premier League but Caulker is understood to want regular football rather than spending another season at the White Hart Lane bench.
The departure certainly leaves Spurs short at the back following the departure of veteran William Gallas on a free transfer earlier this summer and we can surely expect at least one new defensive arrival at the North London outfit following this news.