Hmmm. Parker is 29 and has 3 years to run on his present contract. That will take him to aged 32 and the point where his all energy style will certainly start to tell. Can you see a 34 year old covering the ground that Parker covers? Can you do that spin whilst holding a zimmer frame?
So why offer the contract extension? Or more pertinently, why tell the Daily Mail that the contract has been offered? Or more pertinently still, why tell the Daily Mail that the contract has been offered the day before you announce that Tottenham have bid for the player? Or more pertinently still, why the coincidence of first telling the Daily Mail about the contract and then the Daily Mail being the first news "organisation" to break the story of the Tottenham offer, just moments after the announcement on the West Ham web site? Anybody detect the faintest whiff of a rat here? Any chance that this has been orchestrated by any chance? Of course not! As if!
But let's go back to that contract. It is worth £20m to Parker apparently. £20m? In wages alone? So, if we reject a £12m offer, that means to retain Parker for 5 years, two of which he will be a spent force anyway, will cost us a cool £32m! Does anybody honestly think that Parker is worth £32m? I remember when we were sweating over a debt of £40m. I remember a debt of £110m nearly bringing us to our knees - and we are willing to retain a 29 year old midfielder with a dodgy injury record and a dreadful scoring record, at a cost of £32m.
I tell you what, if Sullivan is not playing games, if Sullivan really is going to retain Parker at this cost to the club, then he must be suffering from senile dementia! Or maybe it is syphilis! £32m for Parker? You could probably buy Tevez for that and sort out a sponsorship deal to cover the bulk of his wages. Something really doesn't tally here if you think about it for even five minutes!
Now, put yourself in Parker's boots, only swap the clubs around. You are a lifelong West Ham fan but are playing for Tottenham. Tottenham are coming off the back of a terrible season whilst West Ham are in the Champions League. Suddenly West Ham make a bid for you. Tell me, what would you want to do?
Some will say, that's why Sullivan offered the new contract! To bribe Parker into staying. But Liverpool, Tottenham and Villa will not match his current deal anyway. Parker is already a very wealthy man but his career to date is one of unfulfilled promise. He now has the opportunity to prove himself at a big club. So what it costs him a few thousand a week, on his salary, why does that matter?
Parker will go. Watch this space!