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West Ham reject bid from Tottenham for Scott Parker

Scott Parker
Parker joined West Ham from Newcastle in 2007

West Ham have rejected a bid from Tottenham for midfielder Scott Parker.

The 29-year-old England international, who has three years left on his contract, has been linked with a move away from Upton Park.

But Hammers chairman David Sullivan told the club website that Parker is not for sale at any price.

"I made a promise that I would not sell Scott and I will not, for any amount of money, break that promise to the West Ham supporters," he said.

"Scott is not for sale at any price, to anyone. West Ham supporters, for far too long, have had owners that sell their best players and promise one thing and do another.

"This is a new era. We are building a bigger, better West Ham and when we make a promise, we honour it."

Hammers vice-chairman Karren Brady told BBC London 94.9: "The club has been run into the ground and has a huge hole of debt.

"If we get an offer for a player we'd have to look at it with the exception of Scott Parker.

"He's the player that the supporters want to keep, he's the one they want to see here next year, he's the one they believe is worthy of them parting with their season ticket money."

Parker joined the Hammers from Newcastle in 2007 for £7m and had moved to the Magpies two years earlier in a £6.5m switch from Chelsea.

West Ham reiterated the stance of their chairman over Parker's future and a statement read: "The club would like to state that regardless of the size of the bid, nothing will break the promise that chairman David Sullivan made to our supporters.

"As repeatedly stated, Scott Parker is not for sale and there are no circumstances and no amount of money that will cause us to break that pledge to the fans.

"The club informed Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy prior to him making the offer that we would not welcome any approach to unsettle the player.

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"Scott Parker has three years left on his contract and the club has opened talks with his agent over a new five-year deal."

Parker, who missed out on a place in England's World Cup squad for this summer's final in South Africa, returned to club action last Friday against Panathinaikos.

He captained the side and played for 45 minutes in the 1-0 win over the Greek outfit.

Meanwhile, Hammers manager Avram Grant has completed his backroom team by appointing Zeljko Petrovic as assistant manager.

Former Yugoslavia international Petrovic, 44, will work with senior coach Paul Groves, first-team coach Kevin Keen, goalkeeping coach David Coles and fitness expert Eamon Swift.

Petrovic played at the 1998 World Cup finals in France and managed RKC Waalwijk and Boavista before becoming Martin Jol's assistant at Hamburg from 2008 to 2009.

"I am happy that we now have the staff set-up that I presented to the owners when I came," Grant told the West Ham website.

"The aim is to take the team forward with professional, positive people and have a creative atmosphere.

"Zeljko Petrovic has a lot of experience and knowledge as a player and a coach."



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