West Ham manager Avram Grant insists there is no way he would allow Scott Parker to leave the relegation-threatened club in the January transfer window.
Grant admits the rock-bottom Hammers are likely to be busy in the transfer market as he fights to save his job and West Ham attempt to claw their way to Premier League safety. But while he is looking to bring in several reinforcements, Parker, who has been linked with a possible move to Tottenham, will be going nowhere.
Grant admitted West Ham are close to completing a deal with Aston Villa for midfielder Steve Sidwell, but when asked if Parker could be leaving he said: "No chance."
He continued: "Scott Parker is more than a good player for this football club. Even though we are at the bottom, we are trying to do the right things for this club.
"We know all the teams that succeeded did not have it so easy at the start.
"He is one of the foundations of this club. The owners have made it very clear that they want Scott Parker here and want good players here.
"We don't have many like Scott Parker and it would not be good for us if he left the club and I don't think it would be good for him. He knows what the vision of the club is and he is part of it."
Grant refused to confirm reports that the club were interested in Manchester City full-back Wayne Bridge and striker Shaun Wright-Phillips, plus Tottenham's Robbie Keane and Jonathan Woodgate.
But he added: "It is not a secret that we have a lot of injuries and that we need to make the squad stronger and that is what we will try to do in January.
"A lot of players have been linked with us."
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