West Ham United vice-chairman Karren Brady has once again said that Scott Parker is not for sale even though the influential midfielder continues to be linked with a transfer to Aston Villa.
Martin O'Neill is keeping his options open as there remains the possibility that James Milner will leave Villa Park for Manchester City this summer. He is believed to be eyeing Parker up as a possible replacement for the former Newcastle United man.
Parker at times last season appeared to be dragging the Hammers away from relegation danger on his own and Brady is aware that he is the type of player any new manager at Upton Park would be desperate to build a side around.
She was quoted as saying:"It's interesting that David Sullivan has given his word that Scott Parker will not be sold and I think that's absolutely what we wish to deliver to the supporters, that he's not going to be sold.
"So I think Aston Villa should reconsider making any approach because the worst thing is that it's very unsettling for the player, very unsettling for the club.
"I think if we wanted to sell him we'd go about it a different way but we really don't. He's the player of the year and he's very important to us in building a better team to take West Ham into a better future."