It looks as if Wenger has decided Parker isn't right for Arsenal. There's no surprise there for me as the guy is a pretty shrewd judge of a player. I've heard Gooners saying that Parker is just the sort of player that they need but that's cobblers because Parker can't play either in goal or centre half. I know Wenger has blind spots about both positions but surely even he has to accept now that, to win anything, he has to strengthen his defensive unit.
So it looks like it is coming down to Tottenham, Liverpool and Villa. But if there is any truth in the 'Arry to Chelsea rumours, I reckon Tottenham will drop out of the running too. Levy likes to invest his money in players much younger than Parker and I suspect he sees him as a depreciating asset. Buy for £10m this summer, worth at most £6m next summer. Bad business.
So then it would be Liverpool or Villa. It would be ironic if Parker ended up playing next season in a different Claret and Blue. Villa are not the big club he would be hoping to join as Player of the Year. And Liverpool? Clarke likes him so perhaps the Reds will stump up the cash and lend us a couple of their promising kids as part of the deal.
Meanwhile, we are paying Parker £80k a week whilst he prepares to play 90 minutes for England, something he hasn't managed for West Ham for some little time. Brilliant.