MONACO – Tottenham is in talks with West Ham over the potential transfer of midfielder Scott Parker, Hammers manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed.
Parker has made no secret of his desire to return to the Premier League to further his England career and Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is a keen admirer of the midfielder.
Redknapp has been linked with a move for the former Chelsea man all summer and also failed with a bid to sign Parker last year.
With the transfer window closing on Wednesday night, Allardyce is keen to move on Parker in order to fund new signings.
The former Blackburn boss confirmed on Friday talks had begun over a deal. When asked whether negotiations were taking place between the two London clubs over a deal for the midfielder, Allardyce said: "I am not in talks (personally) with them but there is some dialogue going on at the moment. That is all I am aware of."
Allardyce sounded a word of caution about the transfer though, perhaps well aware that Tottenham is renowned as shrewd operators in the market.
"As in terms of what level it is at, I certainly know that a deal has not been struck by any way, shape or form at this moment in time about Scott Parker," Allardyce added.
"Whether he is here on Wednesday depends on whether someone reaches the owners' valuation."
Parker was one of the few players to come out of last season with his head held high as West Ham ended the season bottom of the Premier League table.
A transfer, whether permanent or temporary, to White Hart Lane would appear to be a logical move for the Londoner, who fits the bill as the type of experienced head that Redknapp has longed for for some time.
Redknapp is a big fan of the midfielder's workrate and creativity and he has also been linked with Chelsea and Arsenal this summer.
With Spurs currently about to embark on what could be a long campaign in the Europa League, signing Parker would make sense as Redknapp is short in midfield thanks to injuries to Sandro and Steven Pienaar.
Parker joined West Ham for £7million from Newcastle in 2007 and has made 119 appearances for the London club since.
Prior to his time at Newcastle, the London-born star had spells at Charlton and Chelsea.