From the moment the final ball was kicked in the Premier League last season everyone assumed Scott Parker would be returning as a Premier League player this season.
In what was frankly a little disrespectful to West Ham United football club, pundits, journalists, punters and fantasy footballers had all assumed that Parker would be plying his trade at the top level.
The weeks came and went and with every passing day there was renewed optimism among the West Ham ranks that their star midfielder would tough it out in the Championship.
Four games into the season and West Ham have started strongly enough to see them earn outright favouritism at 11/4 in the Championship title betting, and Parker has played every minute of those four games.
West Ham play Nottingham Forest on Sunday and both teams are likely to be battling it out for the title at the end of the season, but Parker may not be there to help West Ham to the three points.
Tottenham Hotspur are in talks with West Ham about signing Parker and the centre midfielder has always been keen to link up with the north London club.
“I am not in talks (personally) with them but there is some dialogue going on at the moment,” West Ham manager Sam Allardyce said. “That is all I am aware of.”
It is believed it would take a fee of around £8m to land Parker and should Tottenham do so, it would be their second major signing in the space of a couple of days.
Emmanuel Adebayor’s loan move means Harry Redknapp has strengthened his attack and Parker would certainly strengthen his midfield.
Tottenham host Manchester City on Sunday in what is a huge game for both clubs.
If Spurs want to be considered as top four challengers then they must win but if Manchester City win, their title rivals will really sit up and take notice as Roberto Mancini’s side continue to impress at the start of this season.