Filed: Friday, 26th August 2011
By: Staff Writer
Scott Parker's impending departure is set to signal a late push in the transfer market by West Ham.
As mentioned here on KUMB.com yesterday (see footnote) Parker is close to sealing a move to White Hart Lane - despite West Ham and Tottenham Hotspur currently slugging it out in the courts over the Olympic Stadium.
The England midfielder is likely to move to north London in a cash plus player deal - boosting both Sam Allardyce's transfer war chest and understrength squad. But just as important to West Ham would be the removal of some £3.5million from the club's annual wage bill.
One player linked with West Ham who is still to find a club for the new season is Newcastle United's Joey Barton. Although the 28-year-old underwent a medical at QPR yesterday he confirmed this morning that he was yet to make a decision over his future.
With Parker set to be removed from West Ham's wage bill, it is not beyond the realms of possibility that United will look to Barton as a potential replacement - although the player has already stated this summer that he sees his future in the Premier League.
Slightly closer to a move to the Boleyn Ground today is MK Dons striker Sam Baldock, who is undergoing a medical ahead of a move thought to be worth in the region of £2million.
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06:38AM 27th Aug 2011
''I second what DANiEL has said. Of late Parker looked somewhat disinterested. Problem I saw was that it held back the balance within the team, hopefully that will change for the better. I like many Hammers fans wish him luck, I just hope the bench has cushions. Forward and upwards...''
02:20PM 26th Aug 2011
''Thank God. As much as I like Parker, he is clearly not committed to us. In fact, I would go as far as to say he looks totally unhappy in a Hammers shirt. I feel we will see a more balanced team without him in our side; thanks for the effort but I am glad you're going.''
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