Are Tottenham Hotspur Right to Sell Scott Parker?

Dan Seara@@Seara_MistContributor IIIAugust 18, 2013

SWANSEA, WALES - MARCH 30:  Scott Parker of Spurs turns away from Pablo Hernandez of Swansea during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City v Tottenham Hotspur at Liberty Stadium on March 30, 2013 in Swansea, Wales.  (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
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Scott Parker is still a Tottenham Hotspur employee, for now.

In two weeks time, however, he may still be playing in London but not at White Hart Lane.

Parker looks to be on the way out of Spurs as fellow London clubs Queen Park Rangers and Fulham have expressed interest in the England international.

Several sources have confirmed that QPR have already acquired the rights to Parker. The Football League Championship side hope to return to the Barclays Premier League one year after relegation and signing Parker would be a major boost to their chances. Current manager Harry Redknapp believes a reunion with Parker has already been confirmed, but other sources believe the deal is not yet permanent.

According to Express, Fulham are also in considerations for the Spurs midfielder. Understandably, Tottenham are reluctant to sell their player to a Premier League rival. Spurs chairman Daniel Levy wants 4 million pounds from the Cottagers, double the price of what QPR are offering.

It is no surprise that Tottenham are looking to part ways with Parker. Spurs possess arguably the top center midfielders in the Premier League with Sandro, Mousa Dembele and the recently signed Paulinho.

While Parker has been a reliable option in the central midfield for the Lillywhites, Spurs appear to favor the attacking style of Brazilian maestro Paulinho.

The fact of the matter is, there is simply no room for Parker with this current core of central midfielders who are more offensive-minded than Parker.

Parker is not the only casualty for Tottenham in this position either, as Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore now apply their trade at newly-promoted side Hull City. Huddlestone was a record signing for Hull City, costing the Tigers 5.25 million pounds. And while Livermore is currently on a loan spell with Hull, he has the option of becoming a permanent transfer if they can avoid relegation this season.

Spurs have also allowed attacking midfielder Clint Dempsey to join the Seattle Sounders of the MLS and center back Steven Caulker to sign for Cardiff City.

Still, the Scott Parker situation represents something bigger for Tottenham Hotspur. Manager Andre Villas-Boas' overhaul of this squad has turned Spurs into a serious title contender, with a top four finish being the least acceptable option for this Premier League season.

Villas-Boas has made Spurs an international squad with flair and creativity.

The Tottenham front office understands that signing new players is a top priority but selling role players is also part of the growing pains a club most go through.

The final test for chairman Daniel Levy will come in the form of Gareth Bale. While the Bale transfer saga continues to dominate the headlines, something will have to happen in the next two weeks.

Rumors suggest that Spurs are on the verge of intercepting Brazilian attacking midfielder Willian away from Liverpool for 30 million pounds.

Levy has made it clear that Spurs will be an offensive-minded club this season after the signings of Roberto Soldado and Nacer Chadli.

Whether or not Gareth Bale will be along for the ride, Tottenham have proved that they will be moving forward by any means necessary.


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