Belfast Telegraph

Redknapp: Parker deal is close

Harry Redknapp revealed on Tuesday that Tottenham were "very, very close" to completing the signing of Scott Parker and admitted Peter Crouch and Alan Hutton could leave the club.

Spurs boss Redknapp was hopeful of wrapping up a reported £6million deal for West Ham and England midfielder Parker, who has been a long-time target for the north Londoners.

Redknapp also confirmed he expected more ins and outs at White Hart Lane before the transfer window closes on Wednesday night, with Hutton and Crouch both in line to be sold.

A cash-plus-player deal had also been mooted in Spurs' pursuit of Parker but Redknapp revealed youngster Jake Livermore would not be a makeweight in any remaining negotiations.

He said: "It's very, very close. I don't think it's too far away now. Hopefully it will get done today.

"We don't envisage too many problems now. It should be a deal that gets completed - we'll just keep our fingers crossed that it does.

"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."

He added of Parker, who was encouraged to move by England manager Fabio Capello following West Ham's relegation: "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."


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