Redknapp reveals Parker battle

Redknapp finally landed Parker from West Ham before the close of

the transfer window after chasing him for several months. The Spurs

boss admits a lot of people at the club were not convinced about

signing Parker because of his age and his personal demands and has

thanked chairman Daniel Levy for backing his judgement on the

midfielder. “The hardest signing for me was Scott Parker,” Redknapp

told the Daily Telegraph. “It wasn’t a deal that the club were

crazy about, and I could see their point of view. “Scott had a

four-year contract at West Ham and he was on big money, by our

standards. Tottenham don’t pay the wages that Chelsea or Manchester

City do, so there would be quite a gap. “There was a feeling that

bringing in Scott, 31 years of age and with no sell-on value, could

be a problem. I argued that it was what he could give us this year

and next that could make the difference. Daniel [Levy, Tottenham

chairman] backed me on that.” Redknapp admits he had feared for his

side after a turbulent pre-season, in which they fought to keep

Luka Modric out of the clutches of Chelsea. “I felt there was a bad

feeling around the club,” added Redknapp. “You know when things are

not going right: Luka wanting to go, three or four other players

not happy, not pulling their weight in training, disrupting a

little bit. “We looked very, very lightweight. It was a team that

scared me a little bit. I just knew we needed to get Scott Parker

into the team, get Luka’s mind right, and then we would be a

different team.”