Liverpool and Southampton target English international defender

Liverpool and Southampton are targeting Cardiff captain Steven Caulker in this summer’s transfer window, Daily Mail reports.

The English international defender – as well as team-mate Gary Medel – has a release clause in his contract that allows the 22-year-old to leave if the Bluebirds get relegated.

A 3-0 loss to Newcastle last Saturday guaranteed Cardiff’s return to the Championship, but Caulker has expressed he has no intention of leaving the Welsh outfit.

After the game, Caulker said: “’I signed a four-year deal here so I’ll be looking to get us back promoted next season.”

Former Cardiff player Kevin Ratcliffe however believes that Medel is more likely to leave after his participation in the World Cup this summer.

“He’s captain of his country playing in the World Cup in Brazil this summer,” Ratcliffe told the Daily Express.

“Would you want to come back to play in the Championship after that?”

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will be given a transfer kitty of £60million to aid the club’s Champions League journey next season, with the likes of Southampton pair Adam Lallana and Luka Shaw also in his sights.