West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan has revealed that a loan move for talisman Scott Parker could be the best outcome for all parties.
The 30-year-old has been widely expected to leave Upton Park in favour of a return to the Barclays Premier League, with Aston Villa and Tottenham amongst his reported admirers.
Chelsea have been linked with a loan move for the ex-blues player after it was revealed Michael Essien will be out for six months with a knee injury, and Sullivan has admitted that a loan move would be his preferred option.
Whilst insisting there have yet to be any ‘official approaches’ for the England player, he accepts that Parker needs to be playing top flight football for the sake of his international career.
"I've not spoken to Scott myself. His agent has told me that for his England career he'd like to play in the Premier League," he told Sky Sports News.
"We'd love a [loan] deal. It has been mooted that we'd loan him out for a year for a substantial fee and then when we get promotion he'd come back to us. That sort of deal would appeal to us because we love Scott.
"We're not desperate to do anything. We'd want a loan fee as he has substantial value. He's at the peak of his game at the moment. He'll be a superstar wherever he goes.”
Another Hammer set for the exit door is Carlton Cole, with Stoke reportedly agreeing a fee with the East London club for the striker. He added: "The ball's in Carlton's court. It's a question of whether he wants to go or whether he wants to stay.”
The likes of Demba Ba and Thomas Hitzlsperger have already left, and Sullivan has confirmed that more have told boss Sam Allardyce that they want to leave. Sullivan did not reveal the names of the players though.
"Two or three of the players have said they want to leave. They don't want to play for the club in the Championship. I think it would be very unfair to give an indication of what players have said confidentially to the manager," he continued.
"On that basis if we get a suitable offer we'll let them do. I think people expect to get them on the cheap, but we'll be realistic. We won't put unrealistic valuations on players.
"One or two players we'll virtually give away who are on quite high wages, don't want to be at the club and we don't think fit in with our formation."