Liverpool and Arsenal have reportedly been monitoring the situation of West Ham midfielder Scott Parker, although they may be about to lose the race for his signature.
According to The Mirror, the Barclays Premier League duo have shown a 'tentative interest' in the 30-year-old, but Aston Villa have now emerged as favourites to sign him.
The England international is said to have held talks with Hammers boss Sam Allardyce upon returning to training yesterday, but his future is still yet to be resolved.
Tottenham had been installed as frontrunners to sign Parker after the east London side were relegated, but it has been claimed that Villa are now leading the pack.
Liverpool have been linked with the former Chelsea man for a number of months, but it would seem now seem unlikely that they will formalise their interest - especially after bringing Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam to Anfield.
Arsenal, meanwhile, have been urged to snap up Parker on numerous occasions - with former Gunners favourite Ray Parlour in particular pleading with Arsene Wenger.
Parlour feels the Arsenal boss needs more tenacity and leadership in his midfield - especially with captain Cesc Fabregas seemingly set to leave the club.
Whether or not Wenger takes the advice of his former charge and brings Parker to Arsenal remains to be seen, with the Hammers talisman's age surely counting against him.
Villa, though, are seemingly set to attempt to prise Parker away from Upton Park, while they have also been tipped to swoop for Charles N'Zogbia - should Stewart Downing join Liverpool.
The 26-year-old was reportedly the subject of a £15 million bid from Liverpool earlier this week, and the Anfield club have been tipped to return with an improved offer.
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