The bidding war has begun. Tottenham have tabled the first offer and West Ham have knocked it back. Sulliivan and Gold know that once Milner and Mascherano have been sold, Parker's value will increase.
The "Statement" on the Official Site is a masterpiece in misinformation. Those boys sure learnt a thing or two from Duxbury! The insistence that Parker will stay seems pretty categorical doesn't it? But tucked in there very cleverly is the release clause, the excuse that will be given when Sullivan explains, "There was nothing I could do!"
I quote, "The club informed Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy prior to him making the offer that we would not welcome any approach to unsettle the player". So tell me, why issue a statement confirming that Tottenham have made a bid then? Why not keep it hushed up, forcing Tottenham to breach the rules by going public on the proposed deal? Why not say to Levy, "I am recording this conversation and if one word of this gets into the press, I will report Tottenham for tapping up a player in breach of the rules?"
But no, the club runs the deal up the flag pole and tells the world that Sullivan intends to keep his promise to the fans! What a guy! What a hero! What a great Chairman! David Sullivan we love you! Knocked back Tottenham! Saved our Scotty!
But hang on...Scotty is unsettled. Scotty wants to play in the Champions League. Scotty is a lifelong Tottenham fan. Scotty doesn't want to sign that new contract. Scotty wants to go.
New statement...Scotty is working for Levy! Scotty was working for Levy all along! Scotty destroyed the windmill!
So WHEN Scotty goes, Sullivan will come out smelling of roses and all the shit will be cloyed around the ankles of Scotty Parker. I can hear you guys now, "Bloody exPlastic Yid! Sullivan is always right! Long live Comrade Sullivan!"
But look at the News Now board. Who broke this story? The Daily Mail? No. The BBC? No. The Star? No. Who broke the story about Tootatthem unsettling Scott Parker? West Ham United! Odd that!!!