Hodgson wants to bring Upton Park midfielder to Anfield.
Scott Parker is the latest English player to emerge on Roy Hodgson’s radar at Liverpool.
Despite West Ham’s unwillingness to sell their 30-year-old captain, Parker is admired at Anfield where Roy Hodgson has been monitoring his situation for some time.
The Reds’ next move depends on the future of Javier Mascherano who has declared his intention to leave the club but for whom there have been no firm offers.
Inter Milan had been in pole position to land him with Rafa Benitez keen on being united with his former midfield general. But Barcelona appeared yesterday to have entered the race with winger Lionel Messi urging the Spanish club to snap Mascherano up.
Parker, meanwhile, has yet to sign the five-year deal offered to him by West Ham in order to ward off interest from his many suitors.
The midfielder, well respected inside and outside the dressing room at Upton Park, still has three years left to run on his current deal, signed only last year.
But the Hammers made their dramatic offer after turning down an £8million bid from Spurs to sign the player several weeks ago.
Parker is known to be keen on Champions League football and is also tempted at the chance to play a part in reviving Liverpool’s fortunes under Roy Hodgson. (Daily Mirror)
If indeed Javier Mascherano does leave for Barcelona or Inter Milan, such a move should provide Hodgson with a decent chunk to offer West Ham for the services of Scott Parker who may find the idea of such a move too tempting to turn down, not least after watching his side slump to a pitiful performance at Villa Park, a game that could have easily ended far worse than the 3-0 scoreline.
The 30 year old former Chelsea man may feel such a move would be his last shot at a ‘big’ move and would give him the chance of some European football and perhaps even alert Fabio Capello of his abilities to make an England return.
West Ham have however repeatedly made it clear they have no intention of selling the battling midfielder but if a decent bid was launched and the player stated his desire to leave then the situation changes and Hodgson could get his man.
Parker had a good season last term even though his side as a whole struggled and he could add some steel to the Anfield midfield and act as a decent, if not spectacular, cut price £12m rated replacement for the exit bound Argentine.