West Ham United are ready to hand a shock trial to free agent Steven Caulker in a bid to get his career back on track, The Sun are reporting.

Steven Caulker departed Queens Park Rangers last month after just four outings for the Championship side this season – the last of which was in September.

It has been a turbulent few years for Caulker as his career has plummeted into disarray.

His poor form on the pitch has been compounded by a number of off-the-field issues, including alcohol-related problems, a gambling addiction, mental health problems and some brush-ins with the law.

It is hard to believe just how far he has fallen since he scored on his England debut in 2012 – his only senior international cap to date.

The former Tottenham Hotspur academy product was highly rated at White Hart Lane before he joined Cardiff City permanently in 2013.

He joined QPR the following year and had loan stints in the Premier League with Southampton and Liverpool too.

But now the 26-year-old is a free agent and he is hoping that a club takes a gamble on him to get his career back on track.

West Ham are reportedly willing to run the rule over him on a trial basis, hoping he can recapture some of the promise he showed earlier in his career.