Big move today by Tottenham have have signed England midfielder Scott Parker from West Ham for about £5m. The move comes after the 30-year-old handed in a transfer request on Tuesday, stating that he wished to play in the Premier League.
Parker, who joined West Ham from Newcastle for £7m in 2007, was named Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year last season despite the club finishing bottom of the Premier League.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp said of Parker:
“He’s a good player. I think he’s what we need. He’s a good lad, great attitude. Footballer of the year last year and he’ll be a good addition for this team – no doubt about that. He’s a good character, a fantastic person, a proper family man, a real good pro. He’ll be great around the place for us.”
West Ham said they “reluctantly” agreed to the deal, despite their best attempts to keep him at Upton Park. On the Hammers website, the club said:
“West Ham United would like to place on record their thanks for Scott’s efforts and wish him well for the future.”
Really good signing by Spurs who have been lacking a defensive midfield player for a while. Parker will allow Modric to roam further forward, which should make Spurs an even more potent attacking force.