Online bookmakers are offering free bets on the 2010/11 Barclays Premier League and are reacting to transfer news and rumours ahead of the big kick off on 14 August.
West Ham co-owner David Sullivan announced today that the club had rejected an offer from Tottenham Hotspur for midfielder Scott Parker.
Sullivan told the club website: “Scott is not for sale at any price, to anyone.”
Hammer’s new owners put the majority of the playing staff up for sale at the end of last season, but always maintained they intended to hold onto Parker who was their outstanding performer.
Parker’s efforts in helping the side avoid relegation were rewarded with a call up to Capello’s pre-World Cup squad in Austria.
He failed to make the final 23-man squad for South Africa, much to the chagrin of fans up and down the country who felt he was the ideal cover for the injured Gareth Barry.
The size of Spur’s offer hasn’t been divulged, but it’s interesting to note that Levy ignored Sullivan’s plea to stay clear of his prize asset.
Sullivan commented: “The club informed Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy prior to him making the offer that we would not welcome any approach to unsettle the player.
“Scott Parker has three years left on his contract and the club has opened talks with his agent over a new five-year deal.”
Tottenham hold the lure of Champions League football this season and the prospect of challenging at the top end of the league again.
It leaves you to wonder how determined Spurs will be in pursuit of the England midfielder as it would be a surprise if Levy’s first offer is as far as he will go.
West Ham’s ambitions for Premier League stability would be severely dented if Parker were to leave and the relegation odds of 5/1 at Sporting Bet would quickly shorten.