Parker ready to pen City deal

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Sky Sports News understands Scott Parker will join Manchester City within the next 48 hours.

Hammers midfielder on the move to Eastlands

Sky Sports News understands Scott Parker will join Manchester City within the next 48 hours. City boss Mark Hughes is desperate to add steel to his badly underachieving side and has earmarked West Ham's Parker to do just that. Hammers chief Gianfranco Zola is a firm admirer of a player well liked at Upton Park, but the club's precarious financial position is likely to dictate a sale. Sky Sports has learnt that Parker has already engaged with City officials over personal terms that will substantially improve his current deal of £70,000 per week should the move be pushed through. City initially targeted Lassana Diarra but have now turned to Parker in light of the then Portsmouth man's decision to spurn their offer in favour of Real Madrid. Parker's career has not perhaps taken off as he would have liked since leaving Charlton for Chelsea in 2004, with a subsequent move to Newcastle not seeing the best of him either. At West Ham, though, he has rediscovered his best form and has forced his way back into the England reckoning under Fabio Capello. It is such displays of late that have prompted a sizeable offer from City and it does now look as though he will become the latest big money signing to make the switch to Eastlands.

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