Sunday, June 10, 2007

Scott Parker to West Ham

Former Newcastle captain Scott Parker has signed a 5 year, $13.9 million US contract with West Ham as he reunites with his old manager at Charlton Athletic, Alan Curbishley. Parker had his eye on a return to London with the new management taking over at Newcastle and seemed especially eager to rejoin his first professional manager and in the end, he got his wish.

Parker is only 26 years old and looks set to replace England U-21 captain Nigel Reo-Coker in the center of West Ham's midfield. West Ham have to like this tradeoff as they get a relatively inexpensive, tenacious tackling, hardnosed midfielder and lose a player who was going to command a high salary on the open market and didn't seem to want to play for them anyway.

All in all, West Ham have acquired a player who will bring some grit and fire to the team but most importantly, one who actually wants to be there. He was a captain last season and the leadership he will bring to that club will be invaluable as West Ham look to build off a strong finish to last season.

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