Parker, like Tom Huddlestone, has been told he can leave White Hart Lane this summer, with Spurs on the verge of adding the Brazil international Paulinho to their central-midfield options. The 32-year-old was signed for Spurs by Harry Redknapp, now at QPR, two years ago and was a key member of the side thereafter, with the relationship between player and manager still strong.
Yet Redknapp must still persuade Parker to lower his wages from £60,000 a week and drop into the Championship in a World Cup year, with the midfielder still hoping for a role in Roy Hodgson's senior squad should they reach Brazil 2014. That may be difficult if top-flight clubs seek to secure his services, though only Sunderland have expressed an interest in a player whose instinct would be to remain in the capital.
Fulham, who still hope to add the Wolves winger Bakary Sako to their ranks, may yet emerge as a likelier destination.
Paulinho is expected to complete a £17m move from Corinthians and will return to European competition, having featured for Vilnius in Lithuania and the Polish club LKS Lodz earlier in his career. "They [Spurs] made an offer to my agent and to Corinthians, I sat down, analysed the proposal and chose Tottenham," he said. "We think it was the best path, the best option. I am moving from one big club to Tottenham, another club in a big league. I am sure I will perform my job to the best of my ability. I don't regret and I won't regret [this decision]."
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