Queen’s Park Rangers’ manager Harry Redknapp has confirmed the club have agreed a “good offer”, reported to be £2m, with Tottenham for midfielder Scott Parker. Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas has told Parker he is free to leave, so Parker will now decide whether to link up again with former Tottenham manager Redknapp at the Championship club, or await a last-minute offer from Fulham, who are also interested in the 32-year-old midfielder.
The QPR chairman, Tony Fernandes, a life-long West Ham supporter, has always been an admirer of Parker's, who captained his country just 18 months ago and played for the Hammers from 2007 to 2011.
“We've made a good offer to Scott. It's up to him to make his mind up now if he wants to come here,” Redknapp who signed Parker for Spurs for £5.5m in 2011, revealed today.
“The chairman has agreed a deal with Tottenham. It's up to Scotty now.
“Hopefully Scotty will feel the same and come here. We feel this is a club progressing and we'd love him to be part of it here.”
While a transfer for Parker is close to being finalised, a move for another of Redknapp’s former charges at Tottenham, the striker Jermain Defoe, is “nowhere near” completed.
“They [Parker and Defoe] would make a difference to any team", he told a press conference.
"[But we're] nowhere near doing a deal for Defoe.
"He belongs to Tottenham, so there is nothing happening there whatsoever.”
Parker will become QPR’s sixth signing of the summer after Richard Dunne from Aston Villa, Danny Simpson from Newcastle, Karl Henry from Wolves, Gary O'Neil from West Ham and Charlie Austin from Burnley.