West Ham were the first team to be relegated from the Premier League this season after they threw away a 2-0 lead against Wigan on Sunday to lose the game 3-2. Following West Ham’s loss and relegation, their manager Avram Grant was sacked. I am sure he is not going to be the last person to leave West Ham this summer following the relegation and this is going to spark a number of the West Ham players to leave the club this summer and not play in the Championship next season.
I had a look at the West Ham squad and thought, who out of their players could Liverpool actually look at signing as we should hopefully sign then at a discounted price since they have been relegated.
1) Scott Parker
He has to be the first name on the list if we are to look at signing any players from West Ham. Parker has been the best player this season for West Ham and he was rightfully rewarded for his efforts by winning the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year award this season.
Although Parker is 30 years old, I believe he still has a season or two of good football left in him. His age will be a concern to the FSG’s policy of trying to sign young players. Parker is in essence a holding midfielder and he would be competing with Lucas for a place in the Liverpool starting line-up. Although I do not think he would displace Lucas but he will certainly give the Brazilian a run for his money and hopefully that could force both players to up their game which is beneficial for the team.
Some of you may argue that signing Parker would not be good for the young players in the squad, namely Jay Spearing as his opportunities may be limited by the presence of Parker in the squad. But if Liverpool are to mount a serious title push next season, we will need as much quality depth as possible in the squad and Parker would provide that.
In terms of pricing for Parker, one would be looking at West Ham demanding about £10 million for Parker which I feel is a bit too much with a £7 million price-tag being more realistic.
What would you make of Liverpool pursuing Scott Parker?