Aston Villa poised to capture Hammer

Aston Villa on the verge of signing West Ham captain Scott Parker for a fee of around £7m, according to The Mirror.

The imminent departure of Stewart Downing, as well as Ashley Young’s move to Manchester United last month, has left Villa with a midfield to reconstruct and almost £40m to help them do so.

Parker, voted the Football Writers’ Player of the Year last season, is anxious to leave Upton Park, but up until now, West Ham chiefs David Sullivan and David Gold had only been keen on discussing a possible loan move for the 30-year-old. Sullivan insisted that whilst the club “would love a deal” for their captain, “when we get promotion, he comes back to us.” The possibility of a loan move was believed to have been of interest to Chelsea with Michael Essien ruled out for up to 6 months with a knee injury, however it seems as though Villa are only interested in a permanent move for the midfielder, and are preparing a bid that they hope will secure his signature for longer than just the one season.

Villa are also said to be chasing Charles N’Zogbia and Joe Cole in order to fill the voids left on each wing, however it seems as though new boss Alex McCleish is just as eager to acquire the services of Scott Parker in the centre of his midfield and considers the Englishman to be the kind of player that a new Aston Villa midfield can be built around.