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Tottenham looking to buy back former academy star?

Return of Caulker?

Scott Heavey

Once upon a time, Steven Caulker was the Tottenham Hotspur academy's shining star. Not long after, he was inexplicably sold to Cardiff City for £9 million. But now, Spurs are looking into whether they can buy him back from the Bluebirds, according to the Guardian.

It is unclear whether Spurs have a buy back clause with Caulker or even the first option, but it is unlikely that Caulker would accept playing a year in the Championship and Cardiff look set for the drop. If they do go down, Caulker will be available and a return to Tottenham could be in the cards.

Part of Caulker's exit was due to his perceived spot in the Spurs' centerback pecking order, but Jan Vertonghen is rumored to be on his way to Barcelona, Younes Kaboul is out of contract in the summer, Michael Dawson isn't very good and Vlad Chiriches is still a workd in progress. It's tough to imagine Caulker not starting regularly now if Spurs were to buy him back.

Caulker also did not click with Andre Villas-Boas, but the Portuguese has, obviously, been jettisoned. Tim Sherwood loves young academy products so he would surely welcome Caulker back and even if Spurs hire a new manager (please hire a new manager), a 22-year-old super athletic international isn't a tough sell.

The Guardian report does not specify their source or use any links so it could all be rubbish, but it passes the logic test. And it would make me happy.