Friday, 9 September 2011
Parker admits Redknapp tapped him up?
I know I promised to let it go, but how can you when Parker comes out and says that he was not prepared to join anybody other than Spurs - even if it cost West Ham money in transfer fees - and hints that Redknapp tapped him up? This is the Claret and Blue legend you have all idolised!
Of course, Parker is diplomatic enough not to bad mouth West Ham - his Dad and Uncle hadn't been sacked by the club after all - and was cute enough not to slap in a transfer request the day after we were relegated; why should he when the window didn't close until the end of August? He also didn't appear at White Hart Lane in a Tottenham shirt before the transfer was completed - although sitting in the stand next to Redknapp junior watching Chelsea play Spurs is surely the next best thing! Nor did he do an on pitch interview after the last game of the season saying he wanted a transfer - but how could he, given he didn't even play in the last game of the season?
So, Parker has been diplomatic, but the facts remain. He signed that extended contract, securing a reported wage rise of £23,000 per week, and a year later reneged on it. He has moved to hated rivals Spurs. He put in a transfer request because we were relegated. He invited bids at the end of last season by saying he wanted to play in the Premiership. And now he has admitted that he was not willing to talk to any clubs other than Spurs. Yes he wanted to keep his children in their London schools but that, apparently, didn't just rule out Fenerbache and Stoke but also QPR. Odd that.
I quote Parker: "I think Tony Pulis and Neil Warnock have come out and said they wanted to sign me, but like I said, once I knew Spurs were interested it was the place I wanted to come."
As for the relationship with 'Arry, Parker is wonderfully frank, telling Sky Sports, "I think it always helps when you feel the manager wants you, and over the last few years Harry has stated that he likes me as a player." And Jamie is a best mate of course!
I really, really, really hope that Wolves beat Spurs with a goal scored from a free kick conceded by Parker.
Posted by Hammersfan at 16:26