Following their relegation to the Championship last season, West Ham knew they would have a tough task on their hands with regards to keeping Scott Parker at the club.
This has proved to be the case with several clubs interested in his services and the latest news is that the Hammers skipper has been offered to Chelsea and Tottenham on a season-long loan deal.
West Ham’s thinking on this is that they would benefit financially with their being a loan fee involved, but they would also still have Parker at the club next season should they make an immediate return to the Premier League.
Whether Chelsea or Spurs are interested in such a deal remains to be seen, but it is without doubt West Ham’s preferred option as co-owner David Sullivan explained.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, he said: “We’d love a deal. This has been mooted that we’d loan him out for a year for a substantial fee and then when we get promotion he’d come back to us.”
“That sort of deal would appeal to us because we love Scott.”
This is an interesting twist in Parker’s future that’s for sure and with just a month to go until the start of the Championship season, you would expect something to happen soon.
Tottenham have made their interest well known of late and Harry Redknapp would love to have a player with Parker’s attributes at White Hart Lane next season.
The Spurs boss might not be happy with a temporary deal though, so will have to offer a significant fee – perhaps in the region of the £7m West Ham paid for Parker – if he wants his man.
As for Chelsea, their interest has been less apparent, but it is being reported they are considering enquiring about bringing the England midfielder back to the club he played for in the 2004/2005 season.
All in all, there is a fascinating month or so ahead for Parker and we will keep you informed on the latest right here.