Well that's it then, Scotty has kicked his last ball in anger for West Ham. With the news that 'Arry fancies him to bolster Tottenham's Chumpions League challenge, and the confirmation that Mascherano is quitting Liverpool, a bidding war for our nearly England man seems certain. And, if I was putting money on the outcome, I'd bet on him ending up with the Cockyfools.
Duxbury, of course, famously said that the days of West Ham selling players to Tottenham were over. Well, you can be sure that S&G will have no such scruples. Parker will go to whoever meets their valuation.
How much is Parker worth? Well, leaving aside that he is English and the concerns I have already expressed in this regard, I reckon £12m would represent good business. On what basis? Well he is no spring chicken, is injury prone and is limited in his ability. He is a good player but he is a long way from being a great player. That £12m could be invested in other areas of the team, especially when we have Behrami in the squad as a like for like replacement. That's assuming we don't sell Valon of course.
But how will S&G justify his sale after all they have said? The blame will be put at Parker's door. "He was desperate to play Champions League football and we couldn't deny a 30 year old that opportunity...blah, blah, blah."