Harry Redknapp was stunned that Tottenham's rivals did not swoop for Scott Parker before he completed the signing of the former West Ham midfielder on deadline day.

Parker was arguably the only player to emerge from the Hammers squad with any credit at the end of last term as they finished bottom of the Barclays Premier League. Despite being linked with a number of top-flight clubs, the 31-year-old began this season at Upton Park.

Redknapp finally persuaded chairman Daniel Levy that Parker was worth the £5million fee Tottenham paid to secure his signature on the last day of the transfer window. He told Spurs TV Online: "When you think about it, he was sitting there all summer. He could have been nicked by anybody. I don't know how somebody else didn't sign him."

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