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Dave Evans, West Ham correspondent
Sunday, July 24, 2011
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has issued a warning to Harry Redknapp and Tottenham Hotspur – if you want Scott Parker, then you better bid for him quickly.
The Hammers boss confirmed that there were no bids for the current footballer of the year, who played 75 minutes in Saturday’s 0-0 pre-season friendly with Wycombe Wanderers.
But he is only too aware of the tendency of Tottenham manager Redknapp to swoop for players at the last minute in the transfer window and he says that this time it would be a mistake.
“It is a worry that Spurs might wait until the last minute because it would be the wrong time to do it,” said Allardyce.
“If they want to come and do it then, I will be telling the chairmen it is the most expensive time and not the cheapest.
“So if Harry is listening, or anyone at Tottenham, watch out, don’t be waiting that long because you won’t be able to do it.”
The West Ham fans at Wycombe constantly chanted the name of Parker as gave him a rousing reception when he was substituted, perhaps in hope that the England international will still be in claret and blue when the transfer window shuts.
Allardyce though is philosophical. “There are no bids for Scott at the moment so we continue to improve him as if he is going to start the season in our team, until such time as somebody bids the right money that would be acceptable to the club,” he said.
“It’s like that for every player at ever club. There is speculation and that will continue right through to the 31st of August unfortunately, but that is the way it is.
“We need to deal with it, it is very, very difficult indeed, but there is not a lot we can do about it.”