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Scott Parker: What options does this in-demand midfielder have? Chelsea? Tottenham? Elsewhere?

Scott Parker was outstanding for West Ham last season, winning the FWA player of the year award and only narrowly missing out on becoming the PFA player of the year. In a lacklustre West Ham side, Parker was a player who brought class, skill and quality to the side. Because of his performances last season, the former Chelsea player has attracted attention from many of the top clubs, but which team would suit him best?

Option One: Stay at West Ham

West Ham fans are praying that Parker stays put, however he has clearly shown last season that he is too good to be playing championship football. Besides, West Ham need to trim their wage bill, and offloading Parker’s reported £60,000 wages could only be a good thing for the Hammers. Any offer over £7 million should be accepted.

Option Two: Chelsea

With the tough tackling Micheal Essien injured, Chelsea need some one to add a bit of steel to the midfield. Parker could fulfil that role brilliantly. His high wages are unlikely to put big-spending Abramovich off a deal, and the fact that Parker has played for Chelsea in the past makes the deal all the more likely.

Option Three: Arsenal

For all of their attacking skill and flair, Arsenal are simply not good enough at tackling and winning the ball. Parker could add an extra dimension to Arsenal, by covering the defence and allowing Wilshire and Nasri (if he stays!) to bomb forward. Plus, with the recent departure of Cesc Fabregas to boyhood club Barcelona, Arsenal could do with a bit more depth in midfield.

Option Four: Tottenham

Parker has good conections with Spurs manager Harry Redknapp, and coupled with the fact that Tottenham only have one match fit central midfielder (Luka Modric), a move to White Hart Lane seems like an ideal solution. However, Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy has said he would find it difficult to pay upwards of seven million for a player with practically no resale value. As a Spurs fan, I really want the deal to happen, but I just don’t think it will.

Option Five: Qpr?!

Queens Park Rangers are reported to have made an offer of around £4 million for the talismanic England international. I personally think that this offer is not good enough for a player of Parker’s quality, and should be swiftly rejected. Also, I don’t think that Parker himself would want to join a club which is arguably no better than the one he currently plays for.

So who should he join?

Well, I think that there are two very distinct questions that need to be answered, who I think he SHOULD join, and who I think he WILL join. I think that to increase Parker’s chances of getting back into the England set up, and to give him the playing time he deserves, he should join Tottenham. However, because of the financial implications I spoke about previously, I think that he will join Chelsea. Even though he is unlikely to play when Essien is back to full fitness, I still think this is a far better option than seeing him wasted in the Championship.

But what do you think? Would Parker be a good acquisition for your club, and if not who should he join? Leave your responses in the comments sections below, they are always interesting to read 🙂

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