Harry Redknapp has put Paul Lambert and Brendan Rodgers on alert after voicing his willingness to loan out future prospect, Steven Caulker. The defender performed admirably while on loan at Bristol City last season, helping the club to a mid-table finish. The 19 year-old played in 29 games for the Bristol outfit, and has attracted the attention of Swansea and Norwich City.
Swansea seem like the closer of the two to sealing the deal at the moment. Brendan Rodgers will be hopeful that Caulker can emulate similar form shown by Kyle Walker while he was on loan at Aston Villa. Walker performed well enough to earn a senior call-up to the England squad, and has performed well for the U-21 side recently.
Redknapp is keen on loaning out the young defender, with the power of loaning out the youth of England being showcased in recent seasons. Players such as Danny Welbeck, Daniel Sturridge and Jack Wilshere are all examples of players gaining valuable experience from loan transfers. Even more apparent is the £20m transfer of Jordan Henderson who, but two seasons ago, was gaining attention while on loan at Coventry.
Both Swansea and Norwich will be hopeful of tying up several deals of this sort before the 2011-12 campaign begins. Rodgers has the responsibility of making the first ever Premier League season of a Welsh team a successful one, while Paul Lambert hopes to continue his Norfolk surge, after back-to-back promotions. Lambert is also linked with transfers in the Bundesliga, making full use of any contacts the Scot made during his time playing at Borussia Dortmund.