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Leeds reportedly in for Dundee defender Steven Caulker

Former England international is rumoured to be the subject of a £1.5 million bid

Cowdenbeath v Dundee - Pre-Season Friendly Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

Leeds United have reportedly found a central defender to bid on before the close of the transfer window tomorrow.

Dundee centre back Steven Caulker is reportedly the subject of a bid of £1.5 million from Leeds after impressing at his time in Scotland.

Steven Caulker is a former England international who joined Dundee last February as a free agent and has already been the subject of a bid from Norwegian side Rosenborg, which was rejected by Dundee.

The former Tottenham Hotspur, Swansea City, Liverpool, Southampton, and Queens Park Rangers defender has rejuvenated his career north of the border, and looks to be in demand by both Rangers FC and Leeds.

Caulker has battled off-the-pitch demons for years, and it appears he might have gotten his once-promising career, that saw him land an England cap back in 2012, back on track. His talent has never been in doubt, but his bouts with mental illness and footballing injuries made him never realise his potential at Spurs and QPR.

If Cauker is able to capture some of the form that earned him an England call-up in 2012, this would be a remarkable signing for the fee that has been paid. He only joined Dundee a few months ago, and so it would be a brilliant piece of business for Dundee to let him leave for a fee of £1.5 million, and they could perhaps hold out for more.

Leeds are in need of another central defender, even if the club plays a more typical four at the back formation as the depth will be tested with Marcelo Bielsa’s high-press system, not to mention the signs that a few of the U23s might not be ready for prime-time in central defence from preseason.

This would be a low-risk, high-reward signing for Leeds, and the club should probably get after it.