Redknapp: Parker deal hard to “sell”

Harry Redknapp has admitted that it was difficult to ‘sell’ the signing of Scott Parker to the Tottenham board, according to The Telegraph.

“It wasn’t a deal that the club were crazy about, and I could see their point of view. Scott had a four-year contract at West Ham and he was on big money, by our standards. Tottenham don’t pay the wages that Chelsea or Manchester City do, so there would be quite a gap.”

Redknapp also said that the board had concerns over the lack of Parker’s sell-on value, due to the player’s age, 31: “I argued that it was what he could give us this year and next that could make the difference. Daniel [Levy, Tottenham chairman] backed me on that.”

Redknapp’s eagerness to sign Parker was amplified amid Luka Modric’s possible departure, but he has said that the England midfielder’s addition has made Tottenham a “different team.”

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