Parker hands in transfer request

30 August 2011 07:00

West Ham midfielder Scott Parker has handed in a transfer request after Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp revealed his side were "very, very close" to signing the England international.

Spurs boss Redknapp was hopeful of wrapping up a reported £6million deal for Parker, with the written request seemingly moving him a step closer to the Upton Park exit door.

Parker, who was encouraged to move by England manager Fabio Capello following the Hammers' relegation, told his club's website, "I have had a fantastic four years at West Ham United and will never forget all the support I have had from the fans and everyone associated with the club."

He added: "The manager and board have tried hard to convince me to stay but, at this stage in my career, I need to be playing in the Premier League, especially now that I am involved with England.

"I hope the fans will understand and respect my decision and I wish the club every success in their fight for promotion this season."

Redknapp said of long-time target Parker: "He's a good player. I think he's what we need. He's a good lad, great attitude.

"Footballer of the year last year and he'll be a good addition for this team - no doubt about that.

"He's a good character, a fantastic person, a proper family man, a real good pro. He'll be great around the place for us.

"It's very, very close. I don't think it's too far away now. Hopefully, it will get done today.

"They've been good to deal with as well, West Ham. It's all gone through very smoothly so not a problem."

Source: PA