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Parker on cusp of Spurs switch

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has confirmed that the north London club are close to signing Scott Parker from West Ham.

Parker, who was left out of West Ham’s squad for the meeting with Nottingham Forest at the weekend, handed in his transfer request to the Championship club.

Redknapp has now stated that a deal is on the verge of being completed.

“It’s very, very close to being done,” he told Sky Sports News. “It’s not too far away now, hopefully it’ll be done today.

“It’s fantastic. He’s a good player, he’s what we need. He’s a good lad with a great attitude, and he was footballer of the year last season.”

“He’ll be a good addition to the team, there’s no doubt about that. He’s a good character, a fantastic person. He’s a proper family man and a real good pro so he’ll be great around the place for us.”

“We don’t envisage too many problems now, it should be a deal which gets completed, so it’s fingers crossed now.”

When asked if he knew any more about deals for Alan Hutton, currently attracting interest from Aston Villa, or Stoke and Sunderland target Peter Crouch, Redknapp stated: “No, I saw it come up that Villa are interested.”

“Alan’s a good player, he’s away playing for Scotland and Alex McLeish knows him, so it might well be a possibility I suppose.”

“He’s still here, Peter. Again, there’s a few clubs that want him, but we’ll have to wait and see with that one.”

“It’s up to Crouchy, I’ve had him at a few clubs. He’s a good player and a great guy as well but I suppose with (Emmanuel) Adebayor coming in, and it is an area that we are overloaded in, and he’s one that people want so if we’ve got to do something then it is a possibility.”

Tue 30 August, 2011
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