Gold is doing his best to convince the footballing world that Parker could start the season in Claret and Blue but anybody with half a brain knows that this is just a bluff, hoping to bid Spurs higher before Scotty makes the inevitable move across town. Anxious not to allow Scotty's imminent departure to detract from the "coup" of signing Nolan, Gold is making all the right noises about Allardyce persuading Parker to stay after his return from holiday, but I doubt that Sam Pot even wants the guy.
Allardyce is Mr Pragmatism and he will look at the pound for pound return that Parker offers. How many goals and assists did Scotty contribute last season? A fraction of what Nolan offered! For Parker's £83,000 a week salary, Sam could tempt three quality Championship players to the club, and they would be able to do a squad job in the Premiership into the bargain after promotion.
Of course, Gold has to pretend we want to keep the man that the club staked so much upon but we all know now that the cards were played poorly. The sooner Parker goes, the quicker we stop chucking good money after bad. Gold is trying to bluff Levy but Daniel is no mug. 'Arry and Jamie have tapped up Parker and Levy isn't convinced he is the right man anyway. He will wait and wait and wait and end up paying £5million tops and Gold will claim , "We did all we could to retain him but Scott was intent on leaving".