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Scott Parker draws Arsenal, Liverpool, and Spurs interest after quit hint
Scott Parker has dropped the biggest hint yet that he’ll be leaving Upton Park in the summer if West Ham are relegated, with Arsenal, Liverpool, and Spurs leading the chase for his signature.
The Hammers midfielder, who picked up the Football Writers’ Player of the Year award last night, has acknowledged that his future may lie away from Upton Park if the East Londoners are relegated.
‘At the moment we can stay up,’ said the West Ham ace, when asked about his future at the club.
‘Obviously we are relying on a lot of other points and in two weeks time everything will all be a lot clearer.
‘As I have said before though, effectively when a team gets relegated – which is a possibility for us – things get changed. Not just the playing staff, everything changes at a football club.’
A resurgent Liverpool could also offer an attractive option to Parker, but moving away from his London base may prove a sticking point.
In-demand Aston Villa winger Ashley Young admits he wants “to win titles and cups” as speculation increases over his future. Young is strongly tipped to quit Villa this summer, with Liverpool and Manchester United linked with a move for the England international.
Young, who has one year left of his current contract, has constantly stressed talks on his future will not take place until the end of the campaign, telling the Birmingham Mail: “I’m an ambitious person who wants to win titles and leagues and cups and stuff.”
Villa would be looking for around £15million should Young leave but a bidding war could increase the price.
Werder Bremen winger Marko Marin has claimed he is wanted by Liverpool.
The 22-year-old has been one of the Bundesliga’s outstanding performers this season and is now attracting interest from a long list of clubs.
But he has now revealed that he is aware Kenny Dalglish’s side are keeping tabs on him ahead of the summer.
Liverpool’s new owners appear to be ready to finance significant moves in the transfer market as they look to back the newly installed permanent boss Kenny Dalglish, who earlier this week signed a three year deal. The Anfield manager, along with director of football Damien Comolli, are apparently drawing up a wish-list as they look to rebuild their squad this summer.
It seems that wingers are high up on Dalglish’s priority list and he may well look to bring a right and left winger and these sources believe that as well as much publicised target Ashley Young the Merseyside club are also interested in Marko Marin, who has seen his Werder Bremen side have slumped from 3rd spot to their current placing of 12th, which has led many to believe the club’s top talent, including centre back Per Mertesacker, will look to leave the club.
Scott Parker has had a terrific season despite his West Ham side’s bottom of the table placement. The England international is expected to leave Upton Park this summer even if the Hammers do avoid the drop. Whilst a move for a 30 year may not adhere to the club’s policy of moving for youth, the Metro believe a move for the former Charlton, Chelsea and Newcastle United man may be on the cards.
Having brought in Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll in January and seen youngsters Martin Kelly, John Flanagan and Jack Robinson show the club’s potential, coupled with the consistent displays from Dirk Kuyt, Maxi, Lucas and Raul Meireles, there is an air of expectation at Anfield and the club will be setting it’s sights on a top four finish next term and know that in order to do so they will need to bring in top notch new signings.
With the usual three of Man United, Chelsea and Arsenal likely to maintain their positions and the likes of Man City and Tottenham fighting for the fourth spot, Liverpool will have to look to take their recent form into the next season, hence the freshening up of a squad that could well do with trimming some deadwood from their numbers before looking for quality new additions.