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QPR have completed the signing of England international defender Steven Caulker.

Caulker has put pen to paper on a four-year deal at Loftus Road, after Rangers agreed an undisclosed fee with Cardiff City for his services.

The arrival of Caulker follows hot-on-the-heels of Rio Ferdinand also joining the club, and the former Tottenham Hotspur defender told www.qpr.co.uk: “I am very excited to be here. It was important for me to be back playing in the Premier League, and Harry Redknapp has given me the opportunity to be at this fantastic club.

“Harry was a big factor for me, having worked with him at Tottenham. He was very keen for me to join and that was a big plus, knowing the manager wants you.

“Being able to play with Rio was also a big draw. He has been a role model of mine for many years, along with Ledley King. To have the opportunity to play alongside him was something I felt I couldn’t miss out on.

“Our first aim this season has to be to get to 40 points, to make sure we stay up. That’s our first goal.”

Redknapp is once again relishing the opportunity to be reunited with a player he managed earlier in his career.

Caulker, 22, made his Spurs debut under Redknapp in September 2010 and the Rangers boss told www.qpr.co.uk: “Steven’s a top player, so we’re delighted to have him at QPR. 

“I know the ability he has and I think it’s an important signing for the club – for the here and now, and for the future. I had him at Tottenham and I was very surprised when they decided to let him go last summer, because I thought he had a big future there.

“He’s young; he’s a good age; he’s already a fine player but he has so much more potential – it’s a really excellent signing for the club.

“When good players like Steven become available, who can come in and have a real impact, you’ve got to try and get them.

“I’m sure he will come in and show exactly what he’s capable of – he’s got everything to be a top, top centre-half, so I couldn’t be more pleased to have him.”