Parker snubs Redknapp reunion in favour of Fulham move

Scott Parker has completed his transfer to Fulham.

The England international had fallen down the pecking order at Tottenham Hotspur under Andre Villas-Boas, who has added Paulinho and Etienne Capoue to his central midfield options during recent weeks. It was inevitable, then, that there would be interest in the 32-year-old, who arrived at White Hart Lane from West Ham United in 2011.

Harry Redknapp, who signed him for Spurs, was eager for a reunion at Loftus Road as he looks to plot Queens Park Rangers’ return to the Premier League, and he had an offer accepted for his signature last week. However, when Martin Jol showed an interest, the lure of staying in the top-flight with Fulham was too much for the player to resist.

“I’m delighted to be joining Fulham and I’m looking forward to meeting my new team-mates at training tomorrow morning,” said Parker, who has signed a deal designed to keep him at Craven Cottage until 2016. “Fulham is an established Premier League club and I look forward to trying to help the team progress even further over the next three years.”

It has been an impressive summer for Jol, who last week landed Darren Bent from Aston Villa on a season-long loan deal. Prior to that, he signed Holland international goalkeeper Stekelenburg from Roma for less than £5million, Fernando Amorebieta from Athletic Bilbao on a free transfer, and Derek Boateng from Dnipro. Sascha Riether made his loan move from Cologne permanent for just £1.3million, whilst Adel Taarabt has joined from QPR on loan.


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