Harry Redknapp is set to complete a central-defensive double deal, adding veteran Rio Ferdinand and junior Steven Caulker to the QPR rearguard.
Following his release from Manchester United, Ferdinand is set to join on a free transfer, while they’ve also activated the relegation release clause in Caulker’s Cardiff contract.
While it appears the move for the former is all but complete, competition for the England man is sure to be heated, with Liverpool and old employers Tottenham among those credited with an interest.
But if Caulker wants to catapult himself to centre-back superstardom, following Ferdinand to Loftus Road where he can learn from one of the finest the game has ever seen wouldn’t be a foolish move.
Here are four examples of a centre-half shaman schooling a potential-loaded young blood that should convince the Cardiff man to trade the Welsh capital for the west quadrant of the English equivalent.
Marcel Desailly and John Terry
What better place to begin than with a master class on defence marshalling that took place just around the corner at Stamford Bridge?
Terry has said he owes his mounds of trophies and status as a Chelsea legend to the lessons the likes of World Cup winner Desailly taught him as a 17-year-old.
Lucas Radebe and Jonathan Woodgate
Were it not for a chronic injury-proneness, the Middlesbrough skipper would have undoubtedly stocked his trophy cabinet with a few more medals.
Woodgate has paid homage to the South African for helping him along when he broke into the Leeds side in 1998, teaching him some of the tricks that resulted in him moving to Real Madrid in 2004.
Jonathan Woodgate and Kenneth Omeruo
‘Who’s that young lad making Premier League-winning striker Edin Dzeko look foolish?’ Why, it’s Kenneth Omeruo, that’s who.
The Nigerian spent the second-half of last season on loan at Middlesbrough and used some of the wisdom Woodgate imparted in the domination of the Manchester City man during the Super Eagles’ 1-0 World Cup win over Bosnia.
Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique
This pair formed the foundation for Barcelona and Spain’s prospering at club and international level, with the elder of the duo bringing out the tough guy in the majestic, ball-playing charge whose raw talent he was tasked to foster.