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Can Alan Pardew lead Southampton back to the Championship? Tom Powell previews the betting.

West Ham United have rejected a bid from Tottenham Hotspur for midfielder Scott Parker.

The England international was the Hammers’ most impressive performer last season, and efforts were rewarded with a place in England’s pre-World Cup squad, although he failed to make the final cut for the South African finals.

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp, who is looking to strengthen his squad as they prepare for life in the Champions League, has long been an admirer of the former Charlton player.

However, West Ham co-owner David Sullivan has made it clear that Parker is not for sale at any price.

“I made a promise that I would not sell Scott and I will not, for any amount of money, break that promise to the West Ham supporters,” he told the club’s official website.

“Scott is not for sale at any price, to anyone. West Ham supporters, for too long, have had owners that sell their best players and promise one thing and do another.

“This is a new era. We are building a bigger, better West Ham and when we make a promise, we honour it.”

West Ham have also confirmed that talks have been opened with Parker’s agent regarding a new five-year contract.

Can Alan Pardew lead Southampton back to the Championship? Tom Powell previews the betting.

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