And now, here's one that blurs the line between news and rumors. West Ham United have confirmed that they are in talks with Tottenham Hotspur over the sale of Scott Parker. Harry Redknapp has been fairly open about the fact that he covets Parker for some time, but this is the first we've heard about actual, clear-cut negotiations.
Whether or not I want Parker depends on a whole bunch of factors. First of all, should the fact that Scott Parker played for a relegated side affect our opinion of him? No. Parker was the lone gem in a sea of garbage. He may have not deserved the PFA Player of the Year, but he was an excellent player last season.
Is Parker an adequate Modric replacement? Not really. But, as we've addressed before, the world is not swimming with affordable Luka Modric replacements. If Parker is cheap enough and we sell Modric for a ridiculous sum of money (say £40m), it's not a terrible deal.
Do I want Parker instead of Lass? Hell no. Hopefully we are planning on selling Wilson Palacios and this is not an either-or situation. A fantasy world in which we sell Modric for £40m and Palacios for £8m, then buy Parker for around £7m and Lass for £10m is not bad. That leaves us a ton of money to spend in January or next summer and leaves us with a pretty decent center of midfield.
And finally, does this seem like a thing that could legitimately happen in the next six days? Absolutely. Parker wants to play Premier League football, West Ham need to cut their wage budget, and Redknapp wants Parker. If we're negotiating with West Ham, I have a good feeling it will get done.
Yes, I'm totally jumping the gun here. I'm aware of that. But I'd be surprised if Scott Parker wasn't wearing white on September 1.
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