Bielsa missed a potential bargain by not bidding for Steven Caulker

According to the Daily Mirror (Live Transfer blog, 08/08, 08:48), Leeds United were interested in a deal for Dundee centre-back Steven Caulker before the transfer window shut on Thursday, but The Courier reports that a bid never materialised.

What’s the story?

Caulker joined Scottish Premier League side Dundee in February this year after being released by Queens Park Rangers at the end of 2017 and has since resurrected his career. He has now made 16 appearances north of the border and has been helping the club’s youngsters, as well as chipping in with a goal and three assists in that time.

The Mirror reported that Rangers were also in for Caulker and Steven Gerrard’s side will now be able to target the 6ft 3in man safe in the knowledge that the transfer window has closed in England and Leeds will not be signing him.

At just 26-years-old, the ex-England international would have been a bargain buy for the West Yorkshire side who are in the market for another centre-back, with the Mirror (Live Transfer blog, 08/08, 08:48) reporting that Caulker would have cost just £1.5m.

A missed opportunity

Leeds’ current centre-back options include Liam Cooper, Pontus Jansson, Conor Shaughnessy and full-back Gaetano Berardi, but fans of the club have been calling for new boss Marcelo Bielsa to strengthen in that area.

Whilst Caulker struggled on loan spells at both Southampton and Liverpool in the 2015/16 season, he has now seemingly bounced back from this and is still at the prime age for his career.

After Cooper and Berardi impressed in the opening game against Stoke, they look likely to continue as the first choice pairing, but Caulker could have provided excellent cover and experience for Bielsa and it feels as though the Whites may have missed out on a bargain.