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Last Updated: Wednesday June 15 2005 20:51 GMT

Scott Parker moves to Newcastle

Scott Parker
Chelsea midfielder Scott Parker is off to Newcastle United after signing a five-year 6.5m deal.

The 24-year-old told the Magpies' website: "As soon as Chelsea made it clear they were prepared to let me leave, I was keen on this move.

"I've played here a few times. I know how big the club is. I was impressed with the manager Graeme Souness. He's a major factor behind my decision."

Souness said: "He is going to be a top player here for a very long time."

Parker admitted he was disappointed to be missing out on regular first team footie at Chelsea.

"I have a desire to win things and I feel that at Newcastle I can do that," he said.

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