Scott Parker has completed his protracted move to Tottenham Hotspur for £5.5m to the delight of Harry Redknapp, who had been hoping to sign him since the end of last season.
The West Ham United midfielder becomes Redknapp's third significant addition of the summer, following Brad Friedel and Emmanuel Adebayor, and the captures reinforce the sense that Redknapp has managed to persuade the chairman, Daniel Levy, to alter his transfer market vision. Levy has tended to prefer young players with potential sell-on value.
Redknapp has made no secret of his admiration for Parker, who was voted as the Football Writers' player of the season despite West Ham's relegation, but he feared that Parker's £70,000-a-week wages, together with the requirement to give a long-term contract to a 30-year-old, would make the deal impossible.
Tottenham have looked elsewhere for midfield reinforcements, principally to Real Madrid for Lassana Diarra, but they had always kept Parker on their list of targets. Redknapp said after Sunday's 5-1 home loss to Manchester City that "the place needs a lift and I've told that to the chairman", and Parker, a boyhood Tottenham fan, who has been linked to the club on numerous previous occasions, has now helped to provide it.
Tottenham want to play Parker alongside Luka Modric and behind Rafael van der Vaart in a midfield of genuine quality. Aaron Lennon and Gareth Bale provide the width. Adebayor's arrival will give Redknapp the option of using a 4-2-3-1 formation.
Tottenham will be Parker's fourth club in the capital, after Charlton Athletic, Chelsea and West Ham, while he has also had spells at Newcastle United and Norwich City on loan. He has found himself in the difficult position this summer of wanting the transfer to Tottenham, who are West Ham's local rivals, but having to wait for it and being able to say nothing.
Sam Allardyce, the West Ham manager, has long since accepted that Parker would leave but he had consistently said he did not want to leave the business until too close to the transfer deadline. But that can be wishing thinking when dealing with Tottenham and so it has proved.
Parker sat out West Ham's 4-1 win at Nottingham Forest on Sunday and he has felt that, despite his affection for the club, he could not play in the Championship this season if he was to remain in the plans of the England manager, Fabio Capello, plans for Euro 2012.
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