Southampton are joining the battle for Cardiff City defender Steven Caulker.

Crystal Palace and QPR have both met the £8 million buyout clause in Caulker's Bluebirds deal in the past week.

The Sun says Southampton boss Ronald Koeman is now eyeing a last-ditch move for Caulker.

The Dutchman sees the England cap as a replacement for Dejan Lovren, who is expected to join Liverpool in a £20 million-plus deal in the coming days.

For his part, Caulker is understood to favour moving to Harry Redknapp's QPR, having played for him at Tottenham.

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