It’s been reported this morning that West Ham would be open to the possibility of loaning out their talisman Scott Parker. After suffering relegation to the Championship, the financial pressure on West Ham to move on some of their higher earners was inevitable and Parker has made no secret of the fact that he feels playing Premiership football is a must. Especially if he’s to have any chance of being on the plane to Poland & Ukraine for the European Championships next summer.
The only concrete offer to buy Parker has been from Turkish side Fenerbache for £10m, which was accepted by the club but rejected by Parker who is keen to remain in England.
Anyone who watched West Ham last season will know that Parker was their star man. Without him, they would have probably finished on a number of points that wouldn’t even get you a driving ban. I think most Hammers fan are resigned to the fact that he won’t be playing Championship football with them next season. However, the idea of loaning him out for a season could be a priceless one. If they are able to achieve promotion back to the Premier League at the first attempt, it will be a massive boost to the club knowing they still have a player on the books of his caliber. It is a very risky strategy though, as failure to secure promotion will mean that the club will be forced to sell Parker for a much lower fee than they could command for him now.
Former club Chelsea have been linked with a bid following the news that Michael Essien could miss the first half of the season with a knee injury. Hammers co-owner David Sullivan has said “We’ve had no approaches from any premier league club officially, we keep hearing rumours and I’d be wrong to comment further. I’ve not spoken to Scott myself. His agent has told me that for his England career he’d like to play in the Premier League. This has been mooted that we’d loan him out for a year for a substantial fee and then when we get promotion he’d come back to us. That sort of deal would appeal to us because we love Scott. We’re not desperate to do anything. We’d want a loan fee as he has substantial value. He’s at the peak of his game at the moment. He’ll be a superstar wherever he goes.”
Only time will tell where Parker will be playing his football next season, but it’s surprising that no relegated clubs have taken this approach before.