Cardiff City have signed England international Steven Caulker from Tottenham.
The fee is believed to be in the excess of £8m, thus breaking their previous record of £7.5m payed to FC Copenhagen for striker Andreas Cornelius earlier this summer.
Caulker spent the 2011-12 season on loan at Swansea, where he established himself as a solid centre-back playing 26 times.
He then used this form to break into the Tottenham first team towards the back-end of last season. Caulker wasn't done there, he has received one England cap against Sweden in which he scored.
The move shocked many as it was believed this was Caulker's season to truly break into the first team as Jan Verthonghen will miss the start of the campaign and William Gallas has departed the club.
Caulker told the Cardiff City website: “First and foremost I want to say how happy I am to have signed with Cardiff City Football Club. 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. You get the sense of excitement from everybody at the Club in the build-up to the season’s kick-off at West Ham and I’m really looking forward to being part of it.
“I thank Tottenham for everything they’ve done for me, having been there since I was a kid. But I’m here to back myself up now and show what I can do. This is a fresh start, a new chapter and I’m here to kick on.”
Caulker becomes Malky Mackay's fourth signing of the summer after Cornelius, Derby defender John Brayford and Brentford goalkeeper Simon Moore.
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