EXCLUSIVE Spurs and Man City to slug it out over £10m Parker
Published 23:01 30/04/11 By Paul Smith
Tottenham and Manchester City will lead the battle to sign Scott Parker this summer.
Parker will reluctantly quit Upton Park if West Ham are relegated from the Premier League and the clubs are prepared to meet the Hammers £10 million valuation.
Although the 30-year-old midfielder has no get-out clause inserted into the four-year contract he signed last September a verbal agreement was reached that would allow him to leave the club if they failed to retain their top-flight status.
Spurs have failed with two previous bids to sign Parker and although they remain quietly confident they can secure his signature, City’s interest has weakened their position.
Spurs are unlikely to offer Parker any greater financial incentive to move to White Hart Lane while City are prepared to treble his current £60,000 a week salary and look the more likely side to offer him Champions League football next season.
However, the potential stumbling block is Parker’s reluctance to leave his mother in London following the recent untimely death of his father.