Tottenham confirm capture of West Ham midfielder
Spurs secure signing of Scott Parker
Tottenham have announced the signing of West Ham midfielder Scott Parker, finally getting their man after a long-running pursuit of the England man.
Spurs first bid for the 30-year-old last summer and, having failed in their approach, watched as the England man was voted the Football Writers’ Player of the Year for his performances for West Ham.
Despite Parker’s attempts, the Hammers were relegated last season, and Redknapp reiterated his interest at the start of the transfer window.
“He has just come through the most awkward and strange season of his career, winning personal honours and plaudits while going down with West Ham and finishing bottom of the Premier League,” said the Tottenham boss.
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“Scott is combative, relentless, professional, modest and unbendingly committed. That’s why he was voted the Football Writers’ Player of the Year and why he is popular with most supporters of most clubs.
“Scott is as versatile as any midfielder England have. He’s not just a holding player. He can attack, score goals and play on either side of a diamond.”
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The Lilywhites appeared to have lost interest as the Irons stuck to their �7million valuation – and Redknapp recently admitted that a deal would be “difficult”.
However, Tottenham have pounced in the final days of the transfer window, with Parker handing in a transfer request to secure his move.
“I have had a fantastic four years at West Ham United and will never forget all the support I have had from the fans and everyone associated with the club,” he said.
“The manager and board have tried hard to convince me to stay but at this stage in my career, I need to be playing in the Premier League, especially now that I am involved with England.
“I hope the fans will understand and respect my decision and I wish the club every success in their fight for promotion this season.”
Parker replaces Wilson Palacios, who is expected to be unveiled at Stoke today in a �7m move, with Tottenham leaving it late to reshape their squad following back-to-back league defeats against Manchester United and Manchester City.