Spurs ready to offer Keane plus £8m for Parker
Published 23:00 28/01/11 By John Cross
Harry Redknapp has made a dramatic bid for Scott Parker – and is ready to throw Robbie Keane into the £8million deal.
Tottenham boss Redknapp is desperate to bring in long-term target Parker and has left it late to test West Ham’s resolve to keep their midfield kingpin.
And that could mean Spurs finally agree to let Republic of Ireland striker Keane go to West Ham - even if it means on loan.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has refused to entertain West Ham’s bid to sign Keane on loan as he wants a permanent deal to get his £65,000-a-week contract off their wage bill.
West Ham want to take Keane on loan with a view to a permanent deal - so they can opt out of signing him if they get relegated.
But Tottenham may now be prepared to back down on Keane and let him go to Upton Park - as long as they will entertain an offer for Parker.
Tottenham are also willing to throw Jamie O’Hara into the mix but would only want to make up a £2m difference on Parker which leaves the clubs well apart on valuations.
West Ham and Spurs have been frosty well before Redknapp’s failed attempts to get Parker last summer and previously fell out over Craig Bellamy before he went to Manchester City rather than White Hart Lane.
Parker, 30, signed a new five-year deal at Upton Park last summer but it is believed he would be interested in Tottenham as Redknapp looks to strengthen his midfield.
Redknapp would also see Keane’s departure as an opportunity to shake up his strikers and has already made enquiries for Sevilla striker Luis Fabiano, Roma’s Mirko Vucinic and Villarreal’s ex-Manchester United forward Giuseppe Rossi.
West Ham have also strengthened their strike force by signing Demba Ba from Hoffenheim on a four-year contract.
But West Ham have covered themselves on Senegal striker Ba - who failed a medical at Stoke - and there are get-out clauses should they get relegated.