Tottenham odds-on to secure summer Parker signature
Although it is increasing likely that Scott Parker will leave West Ham this summer, it is not so clear cut where he will ply his trade next, but Tottenham are the odds-on favourites to secure his signature.
Parker may have been named the Premier League player of the season by the Football Writers’ Association and regained his England place, but this was not enough to save West Ham from relegation.
There will be no shortage of options for Parker to remain in the Premier League, but one thing that does seem likely and that is that he will remain in London to avoid having to relocate.
Harry Redknapp is known to be a keen admirer of Parker and reportedly had an offer for the midfielder turned down in January.
It would be no surprise if Tottenham came back with another bid this summer in order to strengthen their squad and it is 8/11 that Parker is a Spurs player come September 1st.
However, it is Arsenal that could have the most to gain by buying a midfielder of the mould of Parker.
Arsenal may need to dip into the transfer market this summer with question marks over the future of some of their players.
Cesc Fabregas could be on his way back to Spain, Samir Nasri has just 12 months left on his contract, while Tomas Rosicky and Andrei Arshavin are likely to leave.
Arsenal will still have Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey in the middle of their midfield, but a player with the engine and tenaciousness of Parker could still prove a useful acquisition.
It is 5/2 in the Premier League odds that Arsenal sign Parker before September 1st.
The other options potentially open to Parker are Liverpool (7/2), Chelsea (7/1) and Manchester City (16/1), while it is 33/1 that he remains at West Ham as they attempt to secure promotion back to the Premier League.