Transfer news

Ill feeling may stall Parker move

August 24, 2011
By Harry Harris, Football Correspondent

Scott Parker's protracted move back to the Premier League is being hampered by the ill feeling between West Ham's co-owners and the two London clubs who want to buy him.

Phil Jagielka, Scott Parker, Joleon Lescott
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Both QPR and Tottenham have crossed swords with David Gold and David Sullivan, with those previous feuds looking set to harm the Premier League sides' hopes of signing the England international.

Parker has been told by the Three Lions camp that Fabio Capello believes his chances of cementing a place in England's Euro 2012 squad would be enhanced by a move back to the top flight, and Spurs and QPR have been hot on his tail.

But QPR's new owner, Malaysian tycoon Tony Fernandes, upset Gold and Sullivan earlier this year by announcing he had bid to buy the Hammers on Twitter. The co-owners publicly ridiculed Fernandes' bid as an attempt to buy the club on the cheap.

Tottenham's interest may also be in vain, with Daniel Levy and the Hammers board in a bitter conflict over the Olympic Stadium, though the Championship club insist publicly that the issue will have no bearing on transfer business.

Another stumbling block is Parker's £8 million asking price, which has yet to be met by either QPR or Spurs, despite the player making it clear that his preference is to stay in London.

Reports have suggested that QPR have upped their initial offer of £4 million, but an ESPNsoccernet source confirmed that "no new offer has been received" for Parker, with just a week left until the summer transfer window closes.