Parker always wanted Spurs move

BY foxsports • September 9, 2011

Park was linked with a move away from Upton Park throughout the summer following the Hammers' relegation to the Championship, but his future was not resolved until deadline day. It was Spurs who won the race for Parker's signature and he is now in line to make his debut in Saturday's game away to Wolves. "It was obviously a little bit difficult because I have left a very good club and one which I thoroughly enjoyed my time at, but when a club like Tottenham want to sign you it is pretty easy really and I am really looking forward to it," Parker said on Sky Sports News. "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." Parker was aware that other clubs were keen to bring him in, but says the opportunity to join Tottenham was just too good to resist. Asked if there had been other offers, Parker replied: "Not really. There were obviously some different things that were happening. "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." Parker is also grateful to West Ham for allowing him to move back to the Premier League as he felt it was important for his England hopes to be playing top-flight football. "Definitely I felt that at my age, at this stage in my career and how it's gone for me with England over the last year, that I needed to be playing in the Premier League," Parker explained. "I stated that to the manager at West Ham and I appreciate that they have not made life hard for me and given me the move I wanted." After missing out on Fabio Capello's World Cup squad, Parker went on to win five of his eight England caps and recently edged Three Lions stalwart Frank Lampard out of the starting XI for the 3-0 win against Bulgaria. With his career entering its final years, Parker felt he had to leave West Ham in order to fulfil his dream of playing for his country at an international tournament. "Playing in the Euros was a massive factor," said Parker. "The last six months for me has been massive with England. I have not just been getting in to squads, I have been playing. "To get into the squad for the Euros would be massive for me and my career. I want to do everything I possibly can to get into that squad really. "With the way it's gone for me over the last year, I felt like I needed to be playing in the Premier League." Parker had to play four matches for the Hammers in the second tier before completing his move back to the top flight on deadline day and he wishes the deal had been concluded earlier. "I think the one thing I have realised with transfers is that when you think something might be happening, nine times out of 10, it doesn't," he said. "It's such a rollercoaster really. It's a mental drain at times. There were times when I thought I would be staying at West Ham and playing in the Championship. "That's the transfer window for you. It's a bit of a circus - everyone does deals at the end. That's why it took so long." Redknapp hopes Parker's arrival, and that of loan signing Emmanuel Adebayor, will give his squad the boost they need after a testing summer. Luka Modric's desperate public pleas to leave for Chelsea brought about a bad atmosphere that contributed to two humbling defeats against Manchester United and neighbours City, the Spurs boss claims. Parker is confident the team will soon rocket up the table and repeat their heroics of two years ago when they qualified for the Champions League. "I think we have to aim for the fourth spot for sure," he said. "It'll be difficult. The teams around us are spending a lot of money but I look at the squad here and it's certainly a squad that can be challenging up there." Parker is also relishing the chance of playing alongside gifted playmaker Modric. "I have always said that he is one of the most difficult opponents to play against so I am really looking forward to playing with him," Parker said.