Upton Park talisman “very close” to moving to White Hart Lane.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp admits he is “very, very close” to signing £6million midfielder Scott Parker from West Ham United.
The Spurs boss is a long term admirer of the 30-year-old and finally looks to have got his man.
Redknapp also confirmed he expects more ins and outs before the transfer window closes tomorrow, with Alan Hutton and Peter Crouch both in line to be sold.
A cash-plus-player deal had been mooted in Spurs’ pursuit of Parker but Redknapp revealed youngster Jake Livermore would not be a makeweight in the deal.
“It’s very, very close,” Redknapp said. “I don’t think it’s too far away now. Hopefully it will get done today.
“We don’t envisage too many problems now. It should be a deal that gets completed – we’ll just keep our fingers crossed that it does.
“Jake’s not going to West Ham. They were interested in Jake but in the end the chairman dealt with it and just did a straight deal with West Ham.
“They’ve been good to deal with as well, West Ham. It’s all gone through very smoothly so not a problem.”
He added of Parker, who was encouraged to move by England manager Fabio Capello following West Ham’s relegation: “He’s a good player.
“I think he’s what we need. He’s a good lad, great attitude.
“Footballer of the Year last year and he’ll be a good addition for this team – no doubt about that.
“He’s a good character, a fantastic person, a proper family man, a real good pro. He’ll be great around the place for us.”