Scott Parker did not feature for West Ham in their 4-1 win at Nottingham Forest on Sunday, but manager Sam Allardyce has not given up hope of keeping the England midfielder despite a move back to the Premier League looking imminent.
Parker has been linked with a top-flight return ever since the Hammers were relegated in May, and Allardyce has admitted a club, believed to be Tottenham, are in talks over acquiring his services. The former Blackburn and Bolton boss insists no deal has been done, though, and if one cannot be struck, he will keep the player at Upton Park.
"We will certainly miss a player of Parker's quality, and we want him with us if the negotiation doesn't go through," he said after his side's third straight away win.
"Whether the deal is achievable yet, I'm not sure, I've had lots of conversations with the chairman.
"But the most important thing was this game.
"If he does actually leave, I need to replace him immediately. I don't expect any other player to leave before Wednesday.
"I'm more interested in strengthening the squad, we need numbers. We need to add a few more players. The 17 I've got are very good but we need a few more."
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