Wenger ignored Parker signing recommendation


Arsene Wenger reportedly allowed Scott Parker to join Tottenham despite chief scout Steve Rowley recommending that Arsenal sign the England midfielder.

Parker was named FWA Footballer of the Year for his exploits with West Ham last season and, after he was unable to prevent the Hammers from being relegated, was frequently linked with a move back to the Barclays Premier League.

Tottenham were always frontrunners to sign the 31-year-old, with Harry Redknapp retaining a long-standing interest in Parker having attempted to bring him to White Hart Lane a year before.

However, according to the Daily Star, top Arsenal scout Rowley suggested Wenger bring Parker to the Emirates Stadium in order to bolster a midfield shorn of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri.

But, it would appear the Frenchman did not heed this advice, and Parker completed a deadline day switch to Tottenham for a cut-price fee of £5 million.

The England international has since starred for Spurs as Redknapp's side pursue a first league title for 50 years.

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