Cardiff City pursue deal for Tottenham's Steven Caulker

• City target Spurs centre-half to strengthen defence
• Liverpool also interested in England international

Cardiff City want Steven Caulker from Tottenham Hotspur to strengthen their defence for their first season in the Premier League.

The centre-half, who played 29 Premier League games on loan in Wales with Swansea City in 2011-12, is also of interest to Liverpool.

Tottenham, however, are rather short of centre-backs after Jan Vertonghen's ankle injury and William Gallas's release.

The 21-year-old, who has spent two further seasons on loan with Yeovil and Bristol City, played 18 league games for Spurs last season and made a scoring debut for England in the 4-2 defeat by Sweden in November.

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