Did West Ham fans ruin their club's chances of re-signing Scott Parker?

If Tottenham Hotspur decide to sell Scott Parker this summer, are West Ham in the running or not?

Scott Parker's time at West Ham was bittersweet; he won a momentous Player of the Year double - only to see his side relegated to the Championship.

And it was there that he upset a section of the Hammer support, by moving to London rivals Tottenham.

In defence of Parker; Spurs were the only club to meet the Hammers' asking price, and in one sense it was the opportunity of a lifetime - it enabled him to keep his England career alive, and he was rewarded by playing a key role as a starter in England's Euro 2012 campaign.

Parker's future beyond this season is a little unclear. He missed the first chunk of the season, and has had increased opportunities since Sandro's injury, but whether he will be a starter when the Brazilian returns is doubtful.

With new signing Lewis Holtby eyeing a deeper role, and Spurs also likely to make summer additions, the chance of Parker - not a typical AVB player in midfield, could find himself squeezed out.

In theory the opportunity is perfect for West Ham, now having seemingly consolidated their Premier League status, to try to buy him back.

Except there could be one problem; the player himself said he was unhappy at being booed by a section of the West Ham support when he made his return to Upton Park with Spurs a couple of months back.

He said: "I didn’t expect the West Ham fans to boo me and obviously it was a little bit upsetting.

"I don’t know why (they did it). I don’t know if it’s because I went to their local rivals… I’m not sure, but I just would have liked to think that maybe I would have got a better reception after what I did in my time here.

"I loved Upton Park, the fans, and I loved the club. I had four fantastic years here and it will always be a club with a massive place in my heart. I was looking forward to coming back and I couldn’t wait to go out there and play so I was disappointed."

The three-time Hammer of the Year award winner is probably justifiable in feeling a bit miffed, but the question is whether he could put that pride aside and try to win back the elements of the support which have not forgiven him for joining Spurs.

Would West Ham want back the 32-year-old midfield player, or would they want to set their sights on younger options with their whole careers ahead of them?

One thing is for sure, if Parker is moved on, he probably won't be short of options, but if he wants to stay in London he will be more limited in his choice.

A switch to West Ham would have been the perfect solution. Both sides may have to swallow a little pride if they are to see it happen.

West Ham fans would you take Parker back? Do you think he would go for it?

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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