Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Parker set for switch to QPR
Harry Redknapp appears close to signing Spurs hard-working midfielder Scott Parker. The 32-year old would set QPR back in the region of £3.5million.
London born Parker was a youth player with Charlton Athletic before graduating to the senior side in 1997 and between then and 2004 he had a successful time before moving to Chelsea in 2004.
His stay at Stamford bridge was brief and saw him make only 15 appearances and score just once. He then moved to Newcastle in 2005 and stayed there until 2007, appearing 55 times for the Magpies and scoring four goals.
He returned to London and West Ham United, playing 113 times for the Hammers before Spurs stepped in for the player.
If he does join QPR, Parker will link up with another former West Ham player in Gary O’Neil, the central midfielder also brought in by Redknapp, this time on a free transfer.
Karl Henry has also arrived at Loftus Road, another midfielder, this time from Wolves. He has been joined by Richard Dunne, the Irish international having been released by Aston Villa after an injury plagued season and after his contract ran out at Villa Park.
Danny Simpson is another free transfer that Redknapp has snapped up and he has also secured the services of Burnley forward Charlie Austin, despite the striker having failed a medical at Steve Bruce’s Hull City only a few weeks previously.
The esteem with which Redknapp hold the player is rather clear from these comments he made about the player before last Summer’s European Championships. The former Portsmouth boss said: “as a person, not just as a player, you need good people. He’s just a fantastic boy. He’s a family man, he loves his football, he trains well, he plays well.
“He gets on with the job. He’s not a minute’s problem. He’s not Billy Big Time, he’s just a great boy, and I think that’s what you need at your football club if you are going to do anything. You need them.
“You need men in your side, definitely. You need characters like that in your side if you are going to win anything. And that’s what he is.”
Former teammate Michael Dawson was also lavish in his praise at the time, saying “I think they (the supporters) realise what he has done since he came in. We were in a bad situation, doing badly in the league table, players playing below par – a lot of the players that are here now – so he has lifted everyone.
“So of course the fans are going to be happy when we are putting on performances like against Newcastle and where we are in the league table.
“He certainly lets you go out there and play and I think the way we play on a regular basis. We go out there and the lads certainly play with no fear.
“We have put the ball at risk at times, but we just express ourselves. When you have players in the team like we have… it’s unbelievable.”
It’s clear why Redknapp is so anxious to bring the player to QPR and if he does join as expected he would give the side a huge boost in their quest for an immediate return to the Premier League.