West Ham United manger Sam Allardyce has ruled out the possibility of Scott Parker going on loan to a Premier League club next season, opening the door for Chelsea to secure a permanent deal for the talismanic midfielder.
The England international has been at the centre of ample speculation surrounding his future since The Hammers' relegation from the Premier League was confirmed.
Co-owner at Upton Park, David Sullivan had suggested that the 30-year-old could make a temporary switch and return to the club upon their promotion to from The Npower Championship.
However Allardyce said: "At the moment we are in a position where there are no bids to consider for Scott Parker.
"As far as I am aware the loan deal is out of the question.
"There is still a long way to go before the end of the transfer window and a lot of clubs could find they are missing something and could pounce on one of the quality players we have got here.
"Unfortunately if the money is right we would have to consider it because of our financial plight of getting relegated from the Premier League and that is just a fact of life."
Chelsea's need for a central midfielder increased after Michael Essien suffered a knee injury that will keep him out for six months.
Therefore, despite only being in the job a number of weeks, Andre Villas-Boas is under pressure to find a replacement for Essien, with the start of Chelsea's season just over three weeks away.
The January signings of Fernando Torres and David Luiz would suggest that owner Roman Abramovich won't hold off in the transfer market again with Chelsea.
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