Sam Allardyce’s Sunderland are reportedly interested in acquiring the services of QPR defender Steven Caulker, who is currently on loan at Southampton.

The 24-year-old former Tottenham Hotspur man has played only 145 minutes in the Premier League for Ronald Koeman’s side, making just once start since the start of the season. The Englishman has, though, made 2 appearances in the League Cup and 3 in the Europa League, from which the Saints were knocked out by FC Midtjylland.

Sky Sports reports that Caulker has been at the receiving end of an approach by Premier League strugglers Sunderland, who are keen on bolstering their defensive options in their bid to avoid relegation. It is said that if QPR and Southampton, along with Caulker himself agree, the defender would be allowed to talk to the Wearside based club.

Southampton manager has stated his intent about keeping the once England International at the club will the end of the season “My plan is that he stays until the end of the season, and then we need to make a decision.”

Caulker left North London giants Spurs back in 2013 to join Cardiff City for a fee in excess of £8 million. In 2014, the London born defender joined QPR for an undisclosed fee.