West Ham Spell It Out Over Scott Parker Speculation: NOT FOR SALE

Upton Park boss has no intention of selling captain and is the right man to take the club back up the table.

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Mar 18, 2010 - London, England, UK - Premier League: West Ham United 1 v 3 Wolverhampton Wanderers.West Ham's SCOTT PARKER.

West Ham boss Avram Grant is adamant captain Scott Parker will be staying at Upton Park.

Parker has been the subject of a failed bid from Tottenham, while Liverpool and Aston Villa are thought to be monitoring the midfielder’s situation.

Grant is determined to keep hold of Parker and insists the former Chelsea and Charlton star is key to West Ham’s long-term plans.

“Yes, he is staying at the club,” Grant told Sky Sports News. “He is a good player and it doesn’t surprise me that many good teams would want him as he could play for any team in the Premier League.

“But we have plans for next season, not for one season for all the team. We have a vision about the club to have West Ham in a good place and good football and he is a big important part for this project.”

Asked if he feared Spurs might make a new bid for Parker, Grant said: “I think they don’t have to make a bid because we make it very, very clear that Scott Parker will stay with us.” (Sky Sports)

Will that be an end to it? Probably not. Avram Grant will do well at West Ham, I am confident about that. He has proven himself at both Chelsea and Portsmouth as a boss who can get the most out of what he has to work with. If David Gold and David Sullivan give the Israeli enough to invest in his Upton Park squad and if they can avoid losing players as important as Scott Parker then I think they are well worth a top half finish wager.

This may sound like I am getting ahead of myself or even that perhaps I have an affiliation with the Hammers, neither are the case. I just feel that West Ham experienced one hell of a kick up the back side last term. Gianfranco Zola is a nice guy and perhaps should have been given more time at the club, but once he was removed from the equation then installing Grant as a successor was a very wise move and one the club can be thankful they made.

A bargain here and good bit of business there and the east London side can, with a bit of luck on the field of play, something they never had under Zola, and there is no real reason they can not climb back up the table.

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