Parker deal close, says Harry

BY foxsports • August 30, 2011

Spurs boss Redknapp was hopeful of wrapping up a reported £6million deal for West Ham midfielder Parker, with the written request seemingly moving him a step closer to the Upton Park exit door. Parker, who was encouraged to move by England manager Fabio Capello following the Hammers' relegation, told his club's website, "I have had a fantastic four years at West Ham United and will never forget all the support I have had from the fans and everyone associated with the club. "The manager and board have tried hard to convince me to stay but, at this stage in my career, I need to be playing in the Premier League, especially now that I am involved with England. "I hope the fans will understand and respect my decision and I wish the club every success in their fight for promotion this season." Redknapp said of long-time target Parker: "He's a good player. I think he's what we need. He's a good lad, great attitude. "Footballer of the year last year and he'll be a good addition for this team - no doubt about that. "He's a good character, a fantastic person, a proper family man, a real good pro. He'll be great around the place for us." Redknapp confirmed he expected more ins and outs at White Hart Lane before the transfer window closes tomorrow night, with Alan Hutton and Peter Crouch both in line to be sold. Tottenham remained adamant the duo would not be joined by Luka Modric, despite the midfielder's desire to join Chelsea. There were conflicting reports today over the Blues' attempts to sign Modric, some describing them as dead and others suggesting a last-ditch cash-plus-Yossi Benayoun bid was on the table. A part-exchange deal had also been mooted in Spurs' pursuit of Parker but Redknapp today revealed youngster Jake Livermore would not be a makeweight in any remaining negotiations. He told Sky Sports News: "It's very, very close. I don't think it's too far away now. Hopefully, it will get done today. "Jake's not going to West Ham. They were interested in Jake but, in the end, the chairman dealt with it and just did a straight deal with West Ham. "They've been good to deal with as well, West Ham. It's all gone through very smoothly so not a problem." As well as adding players, Redknapp has been trying to trim his squad all summer and it looked likely today that striker Crouch and full-back Hutton would be allowed to leave. Redknapp had previously insisted he had no intention of selling Crouch, who Press Association Sport understands is the subject of a bid from Sunderland. He has also been heavily linked with Stoke and is a rumoured target for QPR. "A few clubs want him but we'll have to wait and see with that one," said Redknapp, who last week signed Emmanuel Adebayor on loan from Manchester City. "It's up to Crouchy. I've had Peter at a few clubs. Good player, great guy as well. "But I suppose with Adebayor coming in it's an area that we're a little bit overloaded in and he's one that people want. "So if we could do a deal with someone then it's a possibility." Scotland star Hutton has fallen right down the pecking order at White Hart Lane and has been linked with Aston Villa, who sold Luke Young to QPR at the weekend. Redknapp insisted he did not know if Villa had made a bid, but added: "Alan's a good player. He's been away playing for Scotland and (Villa boss) Alex McLeish knows him, so it may well be a possibility I suppose." Tottenham were also linked today with a cash-plus-Sebastien Bassong deal for Bolton defender Gary Cahill, while Sulley Muntari's agent claimed they were interested in the Inter Milan midfielder.

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