The Sun is reporting that Andre Villas-Boas has decided against signing Scott Parker on loan, and is plotting a £7.5 million bid to bring the 30-year-old to Stamford Bridge.
Speculation has surrounded Parker’s future since West Ham were relegated to the npower Championship, and Chelsea have long been thought to be front runners ahead of Tottenham and Aston Villa for the star’s signature.
While West Ham have said they will consider sending their star man out on loan next season, Chelsea reportedly want to take Parker on a permanent basis as they look for immediate Champions League and title glory.
Chelsea is not a club that concentrates on building slowly with young players, and their £50 million signing of 27-year-old Fernando Torres is a testament to this. While Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has said that he feels Parker is too expensive considering his age, Chelsea will not be so concerned by budget restraints and will no doubt consider taking the star on if they feel it will help improve the squad.
Parker spent a year at Chelsea in 2004-2005, making 15 appearances for the club before signing for Newcastle. He then went on to join West Ham in 2007, and has been a big part of the London club’s strategy ever since.
And while Chelsea were initially considering taking Parker on loan, now that Villas-Boas has settled into his post at Stamford Bridge, the young manager is reportedly willing to take a chance and bring Parker to the club on a permanent deal.