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Hammers chief vows to keep Parker

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West Ham co-owner David Sullivan has warned that Scott Parker is the only player the club would not consider selling if the price is right during a summer shake-up at Upton Park.

Sullivan, along with his boardroom colleague David Gold, is quickly beginning preparations for a busy summer in the transfer market after the club effectively ensured their Barclays Premier League survival with Saturday's 3-2 win over Wigan.

Parker scored the winner on that occasion, and Sullivan immediately ruled the midfielder out of a potential summer exodus.

"Other than Scott Parker, there is not a player we wouldn't sell if it was the right bid," said Sullivan.

"Scott will not be sold and we will be buying more than we are selling. There will be no fire-selling and we will enhance the squad, not diminish it."

He added: "We will have to shake up the pack because there is no point kidding ourselves otherwise we will be in the same position next year - the table doesn't lie."

But, while he also expressed a wish to keep Upson, he would make no such guarantees over the former Birmingham defender - or, for that matter, his international colleagues Robert Green and Carlton Cole.

"We will make (Upson) a proposal for a new three-year contract," he said.

"We would give him an offer of a comparable level to what he is on now, which he may or may not want to take.

"But Upson has a year to go so if we get a good offer we will take it."

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