Fulham have got on with their transfer business quietly and effectively this summer, flying under the radar slightly.
The latest new face to be added to the London club’s squad is Scott Parker. The veteran midfielder moves to Fulham from London rivals Tottenham after being frozen out by Spurs’ summer transfer business, and has signed a three-year deal with Martin Jol’s men.
“I'm delighted to be joining Fulham and I'm looking forward to meeting my new team-mates at training tomorrow morning," Parker said.
"Fulham is an established Premier League club and I look forward to trying to help the team progress even further over the next three years."
Martin Jol was full of praise for the midfield battler and feels that he can be a real asset for Fulham.
"I'm delighted that Scott has joined us," manager Martin Jol said.
"He's a midfielder who works tirelessly for his team and is a fantastic player both on and off the ball.
"It is wonderful to see a player of his stature playing for Fulham Football Club as he has shown his qualities in the Premier League and for the England team for many years.
"I'm happy that he's here and joins us for training ahead of our first home match of the season."
With Bent signing on a season-long loan from Aston Villa also, Fulham have strengthened in two areas that needed it.
Bent was an unused substitute in the club’s excellent opening day 1-0 victory over Sunderland away from home, but can expect to command a starting place when fully fit.
Jol partnered Dimitar Berbatov with Adel Taarabt in the game at the Stadium of Light, but these players seems similar in style, while Bent will offer a more direct approach. The partnership of Bent and Berbatov in attack will give many Premier League defences tough afternoons this term.
Parker’s acquisition is a shrewd one. The midfielder looked set to be rejoined with Harry Redknapp at QPR, but this move makes way more sense. Parker is still more than good enough to play in the Premier League, and a move to Loftus Road would have been an unnecessary drop to the second tier of English football.
Parker will give Fulham experience and an unparalleled work rate in the centre of the park, which alongside Steven Sidwell will be a match for most Premier League central midfields.
Adding a leader in the boiler room will make Fulham an even more tricky opponent to play against, and the fans may well have a new hero on their hands in the form of Parker.
Following on from their positive win on the opening day, Fulham have added quality to their squad and will have their eye on a top-half finish this season.
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