Transfer news: Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker joins Fulham after snubbing QPR
The England international completes move across London in deal thought to be worth £2m
Scott Parker has signed a three-year deal with Fulham after the Cottagers stole another transfer target from under the noses of a fellow London club.
Parker had been strongly linked with a move to QPR with Rangers manager Harry Redknapp saying a deal had been "agreed" for the England midfielder just last week.
However, in a similar fashion to Fulham's capture of Darren Bent, who was close to joining Crystal Palace, the 32-year-old will move to Craven Cottage instead.
The former Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year told Fulham's official website: “I’m delighted to be joining Fulham and I’m looking forward to meeting my new teammates at training tomorrow morning. 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.”
The deal QPR agreed with Tottenham was understood to be £2m, and it is expected Martin Jol's side have matched that offer.
The Fulham manager is clearly delighted to have secured another high profile signing.
“I’m delighted that Scott has joined us," Jol told www.fulhamfc.com. "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.”
Parker suffered badly with injuries last season after playing a major role in England's progress to the quarter-finals of Euro 2012. A raft of new arrivals at White Hart Lane led to Andre Villas-Boas sanctioning his move away.
Latest in Sport
Radamel Falcao: 'Changes are not easy, but there are times when you have to'
Female BBC presenter receives offensive and sexist letter after she criticised level of women's sport given TV coverage and sponsorship
Premier League 2015/16 kits: Confirmed and rumoured strips from Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and others
The 12 worst haircuts of the 2014/15 Premier League season
West Brom vs Arsenal: Aaron Ramsey desperate to be back in the middle for Arsenal title challenge
- 1 Toddler throws a tantrum at the White House – in front of Barack Obama
- 2 Irish people are travelling home from all over the world so they can vote to legalise gay marriage
- 3 Picture of couple posing with beached dolphin 'that later died' causes outrage
- 4 16-year-old girl beaten and burned alive by lynch mob in Rio Bravo, Guatemala
- 5 Witch doctor arrested after forcing newborn baby to walk in Indian village
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
Report finds that Britain's wages are the most unequal in Europe
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
Gay marriage 'Bert and Ernie' cake bakery found guilty of discrimination in Northern Ireland