Fulham sign Scott Parker from Tottenham
With several key names arriving at White Hart Lane over the summer, there were always going to be some of the old guard at Tottenham moving on to new clubs.
Scott Parker was one of those players widely tipped with a move and these thoughts have proven to be accurate as the central midfielder has completed a deal to move to fellow London side Fulham.
Parker had previously been a target and was in negotiations with QPR but the England international opted to stay in the Premier League with The Cottagers as he continues to fight for his place in the England squad for next year’s World Cup.
Having agreed personal terms with Fulham, Parker completed the move for an undisclosed fee and signed a three year contract at Craven Cottage.
Parker is the latest signing for Martin Jol who has made 8 new additions so far to his squad during the summer transfer window. Jol was pleased to complete the Parker deal bringing some much needed experience to the team where he told the BBC: “He’s a midfielder who works tirelessly for his team and is a fantastic player both on and off the ball.”
These feelings were reciprocated by Parker who spoke about his joy for playing at an established team such as Fulham declaring that: “Fulham are an established Premier League club and I look forward to trying to help the team progress even further over the next three years.”
By completing his move to Fulham, Parker will now be playing for his 5th team in London as the England international has yet to leave the city during his professional career.
Having initially started his career south of the Thames at Charlton in 1997, the Premier League veteran has gone on to enjoy long spells at many of London’s top sides including West Ham, Chelsea and most recently Tottenham.
After becoming a regular at all of his sides bar Chelsea, Parker has also become a prominent force within the England line-up notching up 18 appearances for the Three Lions.
The pinnacle of this came last year where Parker captained his national side against The Netherlands in February last year.
With all these accolades, Parker represents a good addition to the set-up at Fulham whilst Tottenham will hope that their new look squad can do the business and allow them to get another taste of the Champions League.