West Ham’s midfield linchpin Scott Parker is still the subject of interest from Chelsea, according to the Dailymail.co.uk. The London side are desperate to land the tenacious midfielder on a season-long loan after discovering Michael Essien will miss six months of the season due to a nagging knee injury.
New blues boss, Andre Villas-Boas sees Parker as a more than capable replacement for the tireless Ghanaian. An initial offer of £7m was rejected by the hammers who along with Parker are thought to be keen on a permanent deal. Chelsea are weighing up an improved offer of £7.5m in the hope off fending off interest from Aston Villa.
The want away midfielder was in inspirational form last season despite the hammers slumping to another season in the championship.
Tottenham interest in the England international has cooled, as the deal is not a financially viable option for the club. Redknapp told the Sunday Mirror…
“’If you take into account the fee of around £8 million, signing-on fees and wages you’re talking about a £30 million deal.
There is no way the club would sanction a deal for a 30-year-old who would have no resale value at the end of his contract”.
Parker signed for Chelsea in 2004 for £10m, spending a solitary season at Stamford Bridge, the midfielder struggled to make an impression behind the likes of Makelele and Lampard.
Seven years on, Parker has grown into a player respected by managers and players alike for his tough-tackling and tireless running, and could prove to be a vital player in a Chelsea side ready to challenge on all fronts next season.