There's no way Scott Parker should call White Hart Lane home by the end of August.
The 32-year-old midfielder has been a productive player his entire career. He somehow even managed to win the football writer's Footballer of the Year in 2010-11, despite West Ham finishing bottom of the table.
For the past two years, Parker has been a member of Tottenham Hotspur. That could change very soon.
Tony Fernandes is leading Queens Park Rangers into the battle for Scott Parker's signature - but faces opposition from West Ham.
QPR supremo Fernandes is personally involved in trying to back manager Harry Redknapp's move for Tottenham and England midfielder Parker.
West Ham are among the other clubs interested and Parker, still highly regarded at 32, is keen to stay in London.
However, while the Hammers can only stretch to taking him on loan, relegated Rangers are prepared to pay a fee to Spurs for Parker's services.
Of the two options, QPR's would definitely be the more enticing. There's no real reason to send the player out on loan, unless there has been a permanent fee at the end of the loan deal discussed. Parker isn't going to be much more valuable in a year's time, so it's best to sell him now and get his wages off the books.
Lewis noted Parker is on £70,000 a week. That's a lot of money to pay a player when he's your third or fourth option at a position. If this was Manchester City we're talking about, it wouldn't be a huge issue. Spurs, though, have been so good about their finances. They shouldn't make a foolish financial decision on a player like Parker.
With the arrival of Paulinho, you've got a glut of central midfielders at the club. Paulinho and Sandro are the likely pair that Andre Villlas-Boas will use the most. Moussa Dembele is also capable of playing a central midfield role. Plus, Parker's departure might open up some playing time for Tom Carroll. He looks to be a talented player who would benefit from some first-team experience this season.
There's no way Tottenham will be able to recoup the £5.5 million they spent on Parker. You can't profit or break even on every player. Some you just have to take a loss on in order to get them off the wage bill.
This would be one of those cases.
He had a pretty good first season at White Hart Lane. This past season, though, Parker was hit by injuries and only appeared in 21 games. Even when he was on the pitch, the midfielder looked a step below what he had when he first arrived at the club.
In terms of attitude, drive and leadership on the pitch, Parker is great. He isn't afraid to run until his lungs give out, and he'll never shy away from a tackle.
If Spurs do want to move up the table, though, they need to move on and rely on better quality players than Parker. Simply put, he just doesn't have the talent anymore to be a key player for the club. While he might add more depth, it makes more financial sense to offload him.
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