Dundee boss McCann: Steven Caulker is the signing of the season

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New Dundee defender Steven Caulker

Dundee boss Neil McCann believes he has pulled off one of the season’s top deals in the capture of one-time England defender Steven Caulker.

The defender has penned an 18-month deal at Dens Park and credited the Dark Blues boss as the reason for signing on.

McCann too talked of  ‘selling’ the club and himself to the 26-year-old, who had offers elsewhere, and it was clear he was ecstatic to get his man.

He said: “I think it’s one of the best signings of the season, never mind January. I really am that excited about it.

“To get someone of Steven’s calibre at the club, I thank the club for enabling that to happen and most of all thank Steven to come up here.

“He’s not played, clearly, since he’s left QPR but he’s got so much ability and so much to offer.”

With big money on offer elsewhere, McCann says it took some persuading to get the ex-QPR man on board.

Neil McCann is excited by his new signing

He said: “I was really open and honest with him. Clearly, this is not about finances because Steven could have earned so much money going elsewhere. He had lots of offers on the table.

“I sold myself, I sold the club, I just sold the environment. He could come up here with the freshness of something new. He’s not experienced Scottish football before.

“I want him to be a big player for us, and really I just want him to enjoy himself for us.”

Having sold highly-rated Jack Hendry in the transfer window, McCann sees Caulker as a replacement for the £1.5m Celtic man.

He added: “I said to him we’ve lost a class player in Jack Hendry who’s went to Celtic and I said to him that want someone to come in and replace that void and help the boys who are still here.

“I don’t expect Steven to hit his A-game straight away because he’s been out of first team action for a couple of months but he’s so much quality to offer that he’ll help us on the pitch and really get the place excited by being here.”