But new Toon boss Steve Bruce is a long-term admirer and has been making enquiries about Caulker
's fitness and form after he impressed in pre-season.
The accident killed Caulker
's colleague Josef Sural, a Czech Republic international striker who passed away in hospital after suffering a fatal head injury.
Kpekawa eventually departed for pastures new, taking in stints at Barnsley and Colchester United prior to signing for St Mirren, but he still holds Caulker
in high regard for his words of wisdom.
Dundee revealed Caulker
had trained with his new team-mates yesterday ahead of signing his contract.
, considering offers from Turkey and China, told ITV: "My goal is to get back to the top.
Why QPR's decision to offload former Tottenham and Swansea man Steven Caulker
is the definition of 'mutually beneficial'
It is thanks to people like Stephen Caulker
and before him Clarke Carlisle and Tony Adams, that mental illness is beginning to be recognised as a problem which has to be addressed in football.
But they could not meet QPR's valuation of Caulker
and his teammate Matt Phillips, as Pulis pondered a double swoop.
Having come through the ranks at Tottenham Hotspur, Caulker
impressed on loan at Swansea City before eventually moving to Cardiff City.
The ECHO understands that Caulker
is fit and has been available for selection.
said: "I got the phone call on Monday evening and arrived at Melwood on Tuesday for training.
, struggling for game time under Saints boss Ronald Koeman at St Mary's, was wondering where his next action was coming from - until his agent rang while he sat at home on Monday.