We reported yesterday that West Ham United had made an offer of Â£8.5M for Scott Parker. With West Ham just avoiding relegation last season Alan Curbishley is rebuilding the team and has always admired the ability of Scott.
He sees him as an excellent acquisition and Parker spent 7 years with Curbishley during his formative years.
Since Reo-Coker is likely to move on – Scott could well be West Hamâ€™s captain next season.
Skipper Scott Parker
Parker, who is currently recovering from a hernia operation, had a rather difficult season at
Curbishley is obviously on the look-out for a new midfielder with Nigel Reo-Coker expected to move on after handing in a transfer request.
It would have been hard to imagine a year ago – after Parker’s tremendous first season – and then being made captain – that he could be leaving Newcastle one year later. Scott has appeared 73 times for Newcastle with 70 starts and six goals – and quite honestly we will be sad to see him go – if indeed this deal goes through.
Newcastle have been reported for several days to be lining up a move for Manchester Cityâ€™s Joey Barton as a probable replacement for Parker – as Sam Allardyce obviously will continue his policy of getting the best out of players with less than stellar reputations.
The deal depends on
If Sam Allardyce wants to take a chance on Barton he will be backed by the club â€“ but no doubt the fans will be concerned about Bartonâ€™s past behavior – and will wonder if this is a sensible buy for Allardyce – so early in his tenure.
However, Big Sam has never let this stand in his way and his excellent handling of El-Hadji Diouf at
Dabo after Barton Confrontation
Joey Barton is a good player â€“ thereâ€™s no doubt about that â€“ and he will only get better at
But we all know he has a history of violent behavior and late last season was suspended when he had a confrontation with his team mate Dabo on the training pitch – and Dabo was incapacitated as Barton punched him several times.
If he plays well at
He has already been given several chances at Manchester City – who seem to have tired of his antics – and put him on sale at a cut price deal.
This seems a dangerous move for Big Sam early in his manager role at Newcastle – but I suppose we have to trust him – but Barton must be given zero tolerance at Newcastle for any return of his vicious behavior.
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