Harry Redknapp has revealed that he struggled with the Tottenham board to sign Scott Parker, but the Spurs manager believes that signing the midfielder was one of the best decisions he made this summer.
Parker made the move to White Hart Lane on deadline day for a reported £5.5 million fee. The 30-year-old has been a star for the club so far this season, in particular against Arsenal two weeks ago where Spurs won 2-1.
And Redknapp believes that while Parker is an older player, his influence over the squad has helped settle players who were frustrated last season with missing out on Champions League qualification.
"The hardest signing for me was Scott Parker," Redknapp told the Daily Telegraph.
"It wasn't a deal that the club were crazy about, and I could see their point of view.
"Scott had a four-year contract at West Ham and he was on big money, by our standards. Tottenham don't pay the wages that Chelsea or Manchester City do, so there would be quite a gap.
"There was a feeling that bringing in Scott, 31 years of age and with no sell-on value, could be a problem. I argued that it was what he could give us this year and next that could make the difference. Daniel [Levy] backed me on that."
The biggest transfer saga for Tottenham over the summer was most certainly Luka Modric’s future, with Daniel Levy fighting hard to keep the playmaker from Chelsea’s clutches.
And Redknapp said that while he feared for his squad at times, he now feels that with a few changes everyone is settled and happy.
"I felt there was a bad feeling around the club," Redknapp said. "You know when things are not going right: Luka wanting to go, three or four other players not happy, not pulling their weight in training, disrupting a little bit.
"We looked very, very lightweight. It was a team that scared me a little bit. I just knew we needed to get Scott Parker into the team, get Luka's mind right, and then we would be a different team."