Manchester United Transfers: Should United Consider a Bid for Scott Parker?

Max TowleAnalyst IAugust 31, 2012

KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 24: Andrea Pirlo of Italy and Scott Parker of England challenge for the ball during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between England and Italy at The Olympic Stadium on June 24, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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According to reports, Tottenham Hotspur boss Andre Villas-Boas has put central midfielder Scott Parker up for sale in an attempt to complete a "mass overhaul of the squad" (via UK Correspondent Wayne Veysey of

And whilst the Englishmen is currently sitting on the sidelines with an Achilles injury, Tottenham would surely not demand more than the bargain £5 million that they paid for him last summer.

If such a report is to be believed, one has to wonder why Villas-Boas believes that the always-reliable Parker wouldn't be of much use to him this season?

He was one of the constants for Harry Redknapp's Tottenham last season, helping his team to a fourth place finish and displaying the sort of unfashionable tenacity that rarely goes acknowledged but wins games nonetheless.

He has been the journalists' darling for years now, voted the Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year for his performances at West Ham in the 2010/11 season—this despite the club getting relegated.

He was a rock in England's central midfield alongside Steven Gerrard at the recent European Championships, sitting back whilst the Liverpool legend spread possession from one side of the pitch to the other.

He is a tough-tackling, endlessly fit player who will give his all for you without ever questioning why.

It has been well-documented how Manchester United are currently in need of such a player—you could argue that they've been without a real defensive midfielder since talisman Roy Keane fell out with Sir Alex in 2005.

Parker is a very similar type of player to the Irishman, though perhaps not quite as quick-tempered.

He's only improved with age, since his disappointing early days at Chelsea.

With Dimitar Berbatov's salary close to being off the books, I have no doubt that the Glazers would be willing to fund a cheeky £4 million bid for Parker (via Reuters in an article posted on Yahoo).

He may not be the long-term answer to United's central midfield, but at only 31, he's still got at least three of four years of good football left in him.

And if Tottenham don't want him? One club's trash could be another's treasure.

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