Parker is still ‘top class’ for Harry

HARRY Redknapp admits he still regards his long-term transfer target Scott Parker as one of the best midfielders in the country.

HARRY Redknapp admits he still regards his long-term transfer target Scott Parker as one of the best midfielders in the country.

Parker, who was the subject of a failed �6million bid from Tottenham during the summer, was in top form again during West Ham’s 1-0 win over the Lilywhites on Saturday.

It was Redknapp’s first defeat as an opposition manager at Upton Park and, with Parker at the heart of a thunderous London derby, Tottenham’s missed opportunity to bring the 27-year-old to the Lane is still a sore point for the manager.

Parker has since signed a long-term contract with the Hammers, and Redknapp denied he is still on his list of transfer targets.


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“He’s a top player, that’s why I tried to sign him,” admitted the Spurs boss. “His confidence is sky high.

“He’s a player I’ve tried to sign the last three or four years, wherever I’ve been I’ve tried to get Scott Parker.

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“I was interested in him because we were told they were willing to sell him. Daniel [Levy] made an offer because we were told they needed to raise money to bring two or three players in, and sometimes that’s good business.

“In the end I think they realised they couldn’t sell him. He is very much old school, he just gets on with his football doesn’t he? He loves to play.

“He’d have been a good player for us, but we’ve got good players in midfield as well. I’ve always liked him, I like him as a boy as well. He’s good pals with my son Jamie, he’s a smashing fellow.”

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