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Spurs close on Parker

Hammers and Tottenham in agreement

By Graeme Bailey - Tweet me: @skygraemebailey.   Last Updated: 30/08/11 10:25pm

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Spurs close on Parker

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Harry Redknapp has confirmed that Tottenham Hotspur are close to finalising a deal for Scott Parker.

The England international midfielder has been the subject of interest from a number of clubs this summer, but the Footballer of the Year surprisingly started the season at West Ham in the Championship.

Queens Park Rangers have also shown an interest, but Spurs have been in pole position to land him and now look set conclude a deal.

At one point the deal looked to be scuppered as Jake Livermore rejected a loan move to West Ham, and then the two clubs could not reach a compromise agreement.

With the Parker deal in doubt, Spurs put the block on Wilson Palacios' proposed deal with Stoke City - as they did not want to be left short in midfield.

But the Palacios deal will now be given the green light with Parker's impending capture.

Redknapp is excited about what Parker will bring to Spurs, telling Sky Sports News: "It's very close to being done. Hopefully it will be done today.

"He is a good player. I think he is what we need. A good lad, with a great attitude.

"Footballer of the Year last year and he will be a good addition to this team, there's no doubt about that.

"He is a good character and a fantastic person. He will be great around the place.

"We don't envisage too many problems now and it should be a deal that gets completed."

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