Allardyce wants Parker stay
Big Sam wants Parker to stay if negotiations don't go through
Last Updated: 28/08/11 5:48pm
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce revealed that he is hopeful of keeping midfielder Scott Parker at the club.
The England International did not feature for the Hammers in their 4-1 win at Nottingham Forest but Allardyce has not given up hope of keeping him at the Championship club.
Parker has been linked with a top-flight return ever since the Irons were relegated in May, and Allardyce has admitted a club, believed to be Tottenham, are in talks over acquiring his services.
But the United boss is insistent that no deal has yet been done, and if one cannot be struck, he will keep the player at Upton Park.
"We will certainly miss a player of Parker's quality, and we want him with us if the negotiation doesn't go through," he said after his side's third straight away win.
"Whether the deal is achievable yet, I'm not sure, I've had lots of conversations with the chairman.
"We will certainly miss a player of Parker's quality, and we want him with us if the negotiation doesn't go through."
Sam Allardyce on Scott Parker Quotes of the week
"But the most important thing was this game.
"If he does actually leave, I need to replace him immediately. I don't expect any other player to leave before Wednesday.
"I'm more interested in strengthening the squad, we need numbers. We need to add a few more players. The 17 I've got are very good but we need a few more."